Document ReferenceBBN
TitlePhotographs of Birkin and Co. Ltd, lace manufacturers, c.1914-c.1960
Extent12 photographs
AbstractThe collection contains 12 photographs depicting employees at work in Birkin's factory, the company's premises, and a visit to the company by King George V and Queen Mary in 1914.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryBirkin and Co. Ltd, the lace manufacturing and finishing firm, was established in 1827 by Richard Birkin, a pioneer in the lace trade responsible for several major developments in the Levers lace machine. The second world war led to closure of the firm's factories which were requisitioned for war purposes. Soon after the war, Birkin and Co. Ltd returned to business becoming one of the few remaining manufacturers in the UK producing fine gauge Levers lace for the dress and underwear trade. In 1962 Birkin Group was formed merging four family owned lace businesses including Birkin and Co. Ltd.
Custodial HistoryThe items in this collection are photographic copies made by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in 1995 from originals loaned for the purpose. The dates of creation given in this description are an estimation of when the original photographs were taken.
DescriptionThe collection contains photographs relating to Birkin and Co. Ltd. The photographs are copies of high quality originals and they provide a useful record of the company's workforce and the lace industry. They may have been assembled originally for the production of the publication 'Visit of Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary to the works of Birkin & Company Nottingham on Wednesday June 14th 1914', c.1914 Birkin & Company Limited.

None of the 12 photographs in the collection is dated. The photographs show employees at work of various production processes at Birkin's factory, New Basford and a visit to the company by King George V and Queen Mary in 1914. The items include a representation of Birkin's Warehouse in Broadway, Lace Market.

BBN 1/1 Unidentified man on horse (possibly Colonel Birkin)

Descriptions of the other photographs are taken from the captions in the publication:
BBN 1/2 Curtain Designing
BBN 1/3 Presentation of Lace and Curtains to Her Majesty
BBN 1/4 Lever's Lace Machine Room
BBN 1/5 Lever's Lace Machine Room
BBN 1/6 Lace Dressing Room
BBN 1/7 Lace Dye House
BBN 1/8 Winding Room
BBN 1/9 Drawing Room
BBN 1/10 Mending Room
BBN 1/11 Sale Rooms and Head Offices of Birkin & Co., Broadway, Nottingham
BBN 1/12 Present View of the Lace Factories of Birkin & Co., New Basford, Nottingham

Photographs of the Drawing Room and Clipping Room, which feature in the publication, are not present.
MgtGroupBusiness records
ArrangementThe collection comprises a single series of photographic copies, arranged as received.
TermLace and lace making - England - Nottingham - 20th century
Industries - England - Nottingham - 20th century
Textile machinery - England - Nottingham - 20th century
Architecture, industrial - England - Nottingham - 20th century
Photograph collections - England - Nottingham
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only.
Publication NoteBirkin & Company Limited 'Visit of Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary to the works of Birkin & Company Nottingham on Wednesday June 14th 1914, c.1914
Birkin Group, 'Birkin Group 1962-1982', c.1982 (20th anniversary pamphlet)

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA19Birkin and Company Limited; lace manufacturers
NA20George V (1865-1936); King of Great Britain and Ireland; succeeded 1910 Emperor of India1865-1936
NA21Mary (1867-1953); Queen Consort; wife of George V1867-1953
PL15/New Basford/Nottinghamshire/England
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