Unravelling Barton Ropery
The Ropewalk Heritage Project 2007
The Ropery played a crucial role in the industrial development of Barton and impacted on the lives of many employees and their families. But the story of Hall’s Barton Ropery has previously been told only through the company’s official publications.
With funding from the heritage lottery fund, Unravelling Barton Ropery was set up to research the 200 year history of the company and document the personal testimony of ropery workers.
Two publications have been produced: Ropeworks traces the historical development of the Ropery; Family Ties tells the recent history of Barton Ropery through the personal recollections of people who worked there. Education materials have been developed to allow children to interpret the site’s industrial heritage and to complement the Ropewalk’s arts education programme. The heritage exhibition has been redesigned to incorporate this new research and improve visitor’s appreciation and enjoyment of the site.
Jane Dowden – Education Researcher.
Will Fenton – Researcher and author of Ropeworks.
Nick Triplow – Oral history researcher and author of Family Ties.
Ian Wolseley – Project Manager.
In September 2011 The Ropewalk became a fully accredited museum thanks to support from Madi Grout, Collections Assistant (Decorative Arts) with North Lincolnshire Museum Service as appointed Curatorial Advisor and Jaane Rowehl, the Museum Development Officer based at The Treasure House, Beverley. Following on from that an award of £50,000 from HLF was made in 2011 for development of The Ropewalk archive. Heritage Officer, Jonathan Holt, was appointed on 1st May 2011 for a one year post, to undertake the work.
Jonathon has now completed the archiving of all the material in store as well as other material which was retrieved from Rodney Clapson.
There is now a dedicated area in The Ropewalk for the archives and there has been an exhibition which places Hall’s Barton Ropery in a historical context and examines the life of the people who worked there.