The big mend

***STOP PRESS*** The next session at the museum is Wednesday 25th October from 6-8pm (please note departure from our old, later time slot). Future dates: 29th November 2017. 


The Big Mend gets a mention in Kate Fletcher and Mathilda Tham’s Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion (published 2015) as ‘a great example’ of a mending event involving ‘artisan and activist individuals within fashion and craft communities’.

The Museum of Bath at Work hosts our regular mending sessions (or ‘mending socials’, also known as ‘mending sewcials’) on the last Wednesday evening of the month, 6-8pm.  All welcome. You’ll find more pictures and latest updates over on the Big Mend Facebook page.

We celebrated 4 years of social textile repair in April 2016, and to mark the occasion we asked Ben of City Tailors in Milsom Street to come and reveal some of his professional repair secrets.



A mending sewcial in progress at the Museum of Bath at Work



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We held our first FREE* mending sewcial on Wednesday 25th April 2012. There’s a nice write-up over here. The idea was to present an opportunity to attack the mending pile in a convivial atmosphere, with mending advice and necessary tools on hand. We welcome absolutely everyone.

Darning tools

Darning tools


Wander over to this blog post for more about the Big Mend which is held on the last Wednesday of the month. Why not join us for the next one? Once again, we’ll be the guests of the Museum of Bath at Work, Camden Works, Julian Road, Bath, BA1 2RH. Grab that mending bag and join us any time between 6 and 8pm.

Locating the museum from central Bath is easy. From the Assembly Rooms, head up Russell Street, turn right into Rivers Street, then cross Julian Road and you should see it tucked behind the church (Christ Church). That’s about a 5-minute walk, max.

The museum traces the growth of Bath as a retail and manufacturing centre from the seventeenth century. It’s housed in an interesting building created as a Real Tennis court in 1777 – helping to explain those tall, high-set windows. We’ll be working upstairs on the mezzanine level, overlooking a lot of old bottling equipment.

*This is a free event, open to all, though a suggested minimum donation on the night of £2 towards museum costs would be appreciated

Location for the Big Mend, Wednesday 30th May 2012

The Museum of Bath at Work, host venue of the Big Mend


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Swiss darning


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