Document ReferenceBWL/3
TitlePapers of J.A. Walker relating to British Lace Furnishings Ltd; 1941-1952
Date Of Creation1941-1947
Extent100 items
Content DescriptionBritish Lace Furnishings Ltd was formed as a result of the Board of Trade's wartime action to concentrate industries. Lace curtain machine holders, who already worked together in organisations such as the Lace Furnishings and Madras Export Group, and the Federation of Lace and Embroidery Employers' Associations, formed BLF Ltd, which took over all manufacturing and maintained a limited production in those factories which were able to make the alternative sandfly and mosquito net, and camouflage face veils. Cotton was scarce and basic thread was only made available for essential netting. J.A. Walker was the Nottingham Controller of BLF Ltd. Members' share in BLF Ltd was based on their former average value of production, and each of the factories became branches of BLF. Plants were returned to their owners when BLF Ltd was closed down in 1948.
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