As part of Scottish Book Week 2014 (also known as Book Week Scotland), Heriot-Watt University Archives are offering a selection of bound volumes from the Textile Collection for visitors to look at.
The event is from 2pm to 3pm on 26 November and is at Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HF, Scotland. Map.
There are a lot of interesting records in the archives including mill records, early records of the College, lace, fashion drawings. You can search the Heriot-Watt University Archives Textile Collection catalogue.
I'm always interested in business records, especially wages and prices, so that part of the archives interests me. In particular, I see from the catalogue that they have lots of records relating to organisations in Galashiels, Hawick and Selkirk.
Although I'm not interested in dressing fashionably; fashion was important to many of our forebears
and images and descriptions of fashions are extremely useful in dating your family photographs.
Please note that the event is free but places are limited and booking is essential.
Book to see the unique Textile Collection volumes.