People of Pullars: fabric of society

02 November 2022
People of Pullars: Fabric of Society
A new display at Perth Museum and Art Gallery tells the stories of those who have worked at the Pullars of Perth dyehouse over the years.

For 150 years, Pullars of Perth were innovators in the revitalisation and repair of textiles, an important activity championed in today’s eco-conscious reuse-and-repair culture. Pullars started as a small dyehouse off Perth High Street in 1824, growing exponentially while also applying cutting-edge technology to its processes to become a national brand.

Pullars of Perth

This new display tells the story of Pullars of Perth through community voices. People of Pullars – Fabric of Society is a display created in partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council, Perth Syrian Family Support Group and ESOL Perth (English to Speakers of Other Languages), alongside artwork made by Creative Catalyst (Creative Exchange) young artists. The display features objects from the museums’ collection, a quilt stitched and dyed by the partners in this project and living memories from those who worked at Pullars of Perth.

Rhona Corbett, Head of Heritage and Culture at Culture Perth and Kinross, said, “This has been a joy to create, working with partners to reinterpret the story of Pullars. I hope this new display will help bring back some memories for those who worked there and encourage visitors to share their own stories.”

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Visitors are encouraged to share their own stories of working at Pullars

The display opens on 3 November 2022 and admission is free. 

Perth Museum & Art Gallery, 78 George Street, Perth PH1 5LB; website.

(Report and images courtesy Perth Museum & Art Gallery)

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