Wire Works exhibition gets off to great start


WARRINGTON’S fantastic Wire Works exhibition has got off to a great start – and there’s still time for you to pay a visit and discover more about Warrington’s proud wire heritage.

The free exhibition – which has been made possible by National Lottery Heritage Funding – is telling Warrington’s fascinating wire stories, through an interactive blend of heritage and art, including sculpture, film, dance, poetry and real-life accounts of what it was like to work in a wire factory in Warrington.
The exhibition – at the old Co-Op Bank, near Vintage Viola, in Golden Square – opened its doors last Saturday – and received over 250 visitors in the first weekend, many of whom had stories to share about their time working in the wire industry.
Highlights so far include Beatrice Fleming, Frances Sudlow and Edith Hurtsfield being on hand to tell people about their experiences working in the factories during the Industrial Revolution. Local actors from Ludovico Foundation re-created these characters.
The first week also saw A-Level Architect students from Priestley College visiting the exhibition to see the beautiful sculptures they have created, working alongside artist Christine Wilcox-Baker. Their stunning creations reflect their research into Warrington’s wire industry.
There’s plenty more to enjoy in the coming weeks – so keep a look out for future events at the pop-up exhibition before it closes, including a visit from some special guests!
The exhibition – which also includes the opportunity to take a selfie wearing a digitally re-created version of the one of Lady Gaga’s spectacular dresses, made using Warrington wire – runs until Saturday 20 November.
Pop in and see us between 10am and 5pm from Wednesday to Saturday, or 11am-4pm on Sundays.
For more information on the project, visit


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