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Industrial Exhibition

Arkwright & his Cotton Mill

Masson Mill's Water Wheel, about 1930

The Rutland Arms & Masson Mill

The photograph of a cheerful young mill worker is taken from an advertisement encouraging the school leavers of 1946 to join the staff at Masson Mill and offering them "a job for the future". The advertisement was published in the catalogue of an Industrial Exhibition held at the Royal Pavilion in that year as Arkwrights of Masson Mill had a stand.

Part of the advertisement stated that:

"For over 170 years Masson Mill has been maintaining the tradition of its founder, Richard Arkwright, who knew that the mechanised industry is a co-operative effort demanding the best possible conditions of labour.

Today that remains our guiding principle. A five day week has been introduced, employee and welfare services are being constantly expanded, and working conditions continue to be improved. A well-run canteen and a mid-shift tea-trolley service help to solve rationing problems, and young workers are entitled to meals at a reduced price[1]".

To support the Mill's recruitment drive, another advertisement was published in the Situations Vacant section of the Derby paper:

"WOMEN and GIRLS reqd., congenial work, good cond[ition]s, 5-day week, canteen.-Sir Richard Arkwright and Co. Ltd., Masson Mill, Matlock Bath. See our stand at the Ministry of Labour Exhibition, Matlock Bath Pavilion, Oct 15-19[2]".

Catalogue part of Jane Leslie's personal collection and photographed especially for this web site by Andy Andrews.
Other information provided by and © Ann Andrews
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[1] "Matlock & District Industrial Exhibition", (1946) Published by Geo. Hodgkinson, Printer, Matlock.

[2] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 16 October 1946.