Last week we received a visit from Lorna Holder undertaking research on an equal pay pay strike that took place in the garment industry in the early 1990s. Lorna was Head of Young Fashion at the garment factory Davies and Field from 1979-1986. The site of Davies and Field is now the Rich Mix arts centre on Bethnal Green Road. Lorna is now working with the Jamaica Hidden Histories charity on a forthcoming exhibition – 1980s Fashion Archive Display which takes place from 11th – 27th September 2014 at Rich Mix.
As part of the exhibition Lorna has interviewed some of the pattern cutters who worked with her at the Davies and Field factory, some of whom were involved in an equal pay dispute in the early 1990s. Lorna was visiting the TUC Library in order to look through our material from the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers (and the GMB union, into which the Garment Workers Union amalgamated in 1991).
You can find more information on the project and exhibition here.