Before 2002, the architectural presence of the Mills of Firth’s Carpets dominated the visitor experience of Bailiff Bridge.
Since 1822, Firths had been a manufacturer of fine woven carpets.
After its closure in 2000, Clifton Mill was demolished, leaving a hole in the village.
The exhibition investigated the spatial shift from an industrial to an ex-industrial village. It shows Bailliff Bridge as a thriving industrial place by showcasing the photographs given to us by ex-Firths workers and people who live here. It also showed images – post-demolition – of an ex-industrial village. In doing so it investigated an altered experience of place and the consequences for people once dependent on the now de-industrialized landscape of Bailiff Bridge.
How do people cope? How do they navigate through a changed place? And how do they hold a sense of shared locality within its changed landscape?