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Swaisland Bicentenary Project

Completed in 2012, this research was allied to the Fabric of Our Town project that marks two hundred years since Charles Swaisland began his calico printing business at Crayford. This was a Heritage Lottery funded project led by the Crayford Manor House Historical Society. It aimed to celebrate the enormous contribution and worldwide influence of the industry based around the River Cray.

My contribution was a set of 36 archive images and extensive commentary based on original research. This acts as a history of Swaisland's firm during his lifetime (up to 1865), providing new information about its early origins, its designers and the company's significance to Victorian design, and its technical contributions to specialist textile printing.

Swaisland designs for Lindsay and Pattinson, 1838Swaisland designs for Lindsay and Pattinson, 1838