The Cellular Clothing Company factory opened in 1902 in Morris Street, Swindon manufacturing Aertex cloth inspired by the hygienic clothes movement. It was largely staffed by women workers.
    • The Cellular Clothing Company factory opened in 1902 in Morris Street, Swindon manufacturing Aertex cloth inspired by the hygienic clothes movement. It was largely staffed by women workers.
      © Historic England (Bedford Lemere, 1902)

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Women's History

Women's immense contribution to society has often been made invisible by a historic lack of social status and confinement to the home. The social, political and architectural history imprinted in the buildings around us has, in previous centuries, largely been recorded as the story of man.

However, women's achievements and experience have left a deep impression on the historic environment. Once exposed, this can help to fill in the gaps left by previous generations' recording of history to reveal a host of fascinating and inspirational stories.

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