Established in 1893, the Bradford Textile Society is the oldest textile society in Britain, if not in the world. Despite all the changes which have taken place in the textile industry since its formation, the Society continues to thrive. Its monthly programme of meetings from October to April provides an opportunity for everyone with an interest in textiles to meet and discuss a range of textile-related topics with an invited speaker.
Richard Poole was born in Bradford and has worked in the local Wool Industry for the past 40 years. He completed further Education at Bradford Technical College in the then Wool Department and worked with well known companies Thomas Henry Shaw, Wool Testing Services, and the Wool Auction House - the Committee of London Wool Brokers - selling both New Zealand and British Wools. Currently Richard is the European Business Manager for the British Wool Marketing Board in Bradford and Executive Director for their Japanese Office based in Tokyo.
The Society's annual Design Competition, with total prize money of over £10,000, is unique in its breadth of coverage and attracts almost 1,000 entries from students throughout the UK.
Please visit the design competition page for more information.