Lancashire living rooms: the backdrop to cottage industry revolution
In a small galley kitchen in a terraced house in Blackburn this week, a crack operation was under way. With the first ever National Festival of Making opening in the town on Saturday, Zainab Bilal had several hundred pies to cook – in between her day job as a teacher and taking care of her five children.
The 38-year-old is at the forefront of a domestic manufacturing revolution: 200 years on from a time when most people of Pennine Lancashire used their homes at the peak of the cottage industry boom, the area is seeing a renaissance as small-scale producers set up shop in their living rooms... read more
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