Spinning the Web presents the history of the Lancashire Cotton Industry, using a collection of thousands of items from the libraries, museums and archives of North West England. It is possible to search the collection, and to explore history themes like children and women workers in Victorian times or industrialisation.
The site is arranged into sections. "Overview" provides an account of the period between 1760 (before the factory) to the present day, including materials on major chronological periods. "Places" shows the impact of cotton on villages, towns and cities. "People" covers living and working conditions in the mills, including housing, health and diet, and education. "Industry" comprises materials on the rural and urban settings of the cotton district. "Clothing and Products" covers a century of change in men's, women's and children's fashions and the increasing industrial use of cotton from 18th Century onwards.