Welcome to the Festival of Worktown. ‘Worktown’ was the name given to Bolton by Mass Observation for its study of everyday life in an industrial town 1937-1940. The records of this study were taken to the south of England and now reside with the Mass Observation Archive in Sussex. This Festival, presented by the University of Bolton’s Centre for Worktown Studies, brings Worktown back to Bolton. Based on local research on Worktown, undertaken by University staff in the Centre for Worktown Studies and also by local community groups, the Festival celebrates Bolton’s identity as Worktown through a range of educational and cultural activities. Thanks to all our contributors and also to Bolton Museum and Library, Bolton Socialist Club and the Bolton Station Community Partnership for hosting Festival events and exhibitions. We hope you enjoy it.
Professor Robert Snape, Centre for Worktown Studies, University of Bolton