In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.”
This door belongs to ‘The House of The Flying Wheel’, the former manufacturing centre for Samuel Morley’s textile empire based in Nottingham during the 1800’s. This is one of Samuel Morley’s original and most prominent textile manufacturing plants. The 19th Century name given to the building was due to Morley’s innovative approach to technology.
Backlit Gallery now occupies this original hosiery and textile manufacturing plant, Alfred house, in the eastside of Nottingham city, in the borough of Sneinton. Backlit is is a vibrant, community focussed gallery space, which aims to locally enhance public exposure to the arts and to bring back to life the memory and legacy of Samuel Morley.
In 1855, Samuel Morley inherited his fathers company I & R morley. He proved himself to be a commercial genius. He was renowned for his career as a politician and a philanthropist, he had an enduring gift for breaking barriers and developing unity across cities. He gave large amounts of money to provide free education to the working class and he believed in fair wages. He was also a committed abolitionist, because he wanted to end slavery.