Mr Gatty’s 200th Birthday Party

Find out more about the story of his life, his home and his businesses.

Mr Gatty was born in Alsace in 1819 and came to live and work in Accrington in 1842. His textile dyeing and printing innovations became famous all over the world and his family announced that they would give the hall and grounds to the local community in 1919, the centenary of his birth.

Drop in between 11am and 2pm for the launch of the Elmfield Hall signature cloth and enjoy some birthday cake.

Local Colour is a collaboration between Super Slow Way, Bradford-based visual artist Claire Wellesley-Smith, and Community Solutions North West, and is based at Elmfield Hall in Gatty Park, Accrington. Elmfield has a rich textile history as the former home of Frederick Albert Gatty, an innovator in the Turkey Red dyeing and printing industry during the nineteenth century.

This long term project began in 2016 working with a group of adults based at the organisation exploring the varied and layered histories of the area and the people connected to it.

Free and all welcome.