The research network 'Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities, 1880-1939' was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and investigated how clothes and labour influenced and assisted in the development of professional communities at the turn of the twentieth century (1880-1939). The Principal Investigator was Dr Vike Plock from Exeter University, while the Co-Investigator was a member of the Histories of Activism group at Northumbria University, Dr Nicole Robertson.
The Tailored Trades website contains an archive of network events, which ran during 2013-14. Activities included academic workshops at Northumbria University (involving other members of the Histories of Activism group) and Exeter University, public lectures and school study days at the Bishopsgate Institute (London), an exhibition at the People's History Museum (Manchester), and a concluding network conference 'Clothes, Working Lives and Social Change (1880-1939)'. You can listen to podcasts (including a recording of a paper by Histories of Activism group member Dr Charlotte Alston) and view digitised material and descriptions from network events on the project’s website.