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Workshop: From the Archives to the Facto

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From the Archives to the Factory Floor

Taylor bells and the machinery that makes them

Come behind the scenes with us for the latest workshop in our Behind the Scenes at the Bellfoundry series, free to all as part of our National Lottery Heritage Fund project to Save the Last Major Bellfoundry in Britain.

Join us for a glimpse into our conservation plans, which will safeguard the Bellfoundry buildings, equipment, collections and archive for generations to come!

This two-hour workshop will take place in the Taylor’s Boardroom, accessible via the office entrance on Freehold Street. Visitors are welcome to arrive from 1.15 pm when hot drinks will be provided, for a 1.30 pm start.
The workshop will be led by Dr Karey Draper, Principal Consultant (Heritage &; Research) with internationally-renowned project architects Caroe and author of the Bellfoundry’s Conservation Management Plan.

On the day, you’ll learn more about our site’s unique heritage assets and our conservation plans from Dr Draper. You’ll also get up close to the Taylor’s business archive, with a hands-on session exploring historical job books, inspection books, drawings, photographs and other archival documents. You’ll then head down to the factory floor to see our unique machinery in action and learn more about its historical significance.

We kindly remind visitors that they must wear flat, completely closed shoes in order to tour the foundry. It may be necessary for visitors to wear some personal protective equipment on the day, which will be provided by our team.

This workshop is suitable for people interested in the history of British manufacturing, Victorian factory life, business archives and the bell trade, including students, professionals or anyone who is curious about the foundry and its history!

For more information contact or follow the instructions below to reserve your place now.

Due to the popularity of this workshop series, we kindly ask that ticket holders let us know as soon as possible if they find themselves unable to attend so that we are able to reallocate places.

This event is not available for sale.