Warrington

The Wire Factory

The Warrington wire story needs your help.

Do you have personal or family history connections with Warrington’s wire industries? If so, you probably have a story other people would like to hear.

Warrington Borough Council and Culture Warrington are looking for local people to be a part of a new cultural and heritage project, The Wire Factory.

You can get involved by sharing:
   • stories,
   • memories,
   • photos,
   • documents,
   • artefacts.

Ways to share:
   • By dropping in to Warrington Museum’s Object Enquiry Service, any Wednesday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm and asking to speak to the collections team.
   • By emailing heritageprojects@warrington.gov.uk to tell us your stories, or to let us know that you have something to share – we can arrange for any items to be collected at a future date.

Any documents or photos that people would rather hold onto can, with the owners’ permission, be scanned at the museum.

This is an important heritage project, which will provide an insight into Warrington’s past, and the part the wire industry played in shaping our town today. It will all be recorded as part of Warrington Museum’s permanent archives. We need help to tell the stories of local people and the industry they worked in. A team of trained volunteers will help to record these stories: are you interested in joining them?

The project will take place between now and September, celebrating the legacy left by the wire industry, which dominated Warrington’s employment structure for over a hundred years in the 18th and 19th centuries, putting the town at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution.

Local creative practitioners will be supporting community members to re-explore the past, and present their stories in engaging, contemporary ways.

The project will culminate with a special exhibition in the town centre during the Heritage Open Weekends in September, but there will be many opportunities to get involved before then.

For more information about the project, please visit the Wire Factory Website, or email heritageprojects@warrington.gov.uk