Poverty, Exploitation & Rebellion
The Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington is a unique surviving example of a 19th century framework knitters’ yard.
From the first factory systems this site tells the 400-year history of framework knitting, from its role in the Industrial Revolution, the families that that worked here living conditions to the infamous Luddite riots of the 1800s.
Life as a framework knitter was tough. The hours were long and working conditions cramped, noisy, uncomfortable, long hours and the conditions dangerous. Low wages and high overheads meant the whole family would have to work, with children taking on tasks to make ends meets. Poor health and malnutrition were rife.
The breakers were called Luddites after the name of their mythical leader, Ned Ludd; to this day, no one knows if Ned Ludd was a real person or a fictional character like Robin Hood!
The Framework Knitters Museum is one of the only places left in the country where you can actually experience the working and living conditions of framework knitters in Victorian times.
Residual energy is rife here, are you brave enough to step into the shoes of the workers?