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Taking Part

Taking Part: Creative Connections - Sekers Reunion

Rosehill is hosting an exciting reunion for anyone who worked at, or had a connection with, Hensingham's Sekers factory. The free event takes place on Saturday 23 November, 2-4pm, as part of Rosehill's Creative Connections programme.

First the West Cumberland Silk Mills and then Sekers Fabrics, the West Cumberland business was renowned worldwide for its quality fabrics, supplying great couturiers such as Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Givenchy and more.

It was founded in 1938 by Sir Nicholas Sekers, a Hungarian who was invited by the British Government to establish a silk mill to provide work for the unemployed at Whitehaven, then a declining port. As a lover of the arts, 'Miki', as he was known, went on to collaborate with Oliver Messel, a leading theatre designer of the 20th century, to create Rosehill Theatre in the grounds of his home - and on its opening in September 1959 it was hailed as a "rose-red silk-lined jewel box".

The Creative Connections programme is inspired by this collaboration. A range of workshops, exhibitions and talks involving schools and local communities are aimed at enabling us to interpret our heritage in fresh ways, allowing more people to engage with it and understand the way it has shaped their local environment and culture.

We know there are many wonderful memories of working at Sekers and we'd love to hear them. In the year that we are celebrating Rosehill's 60th birthday, come and meet up with former colleagues, enjoy reminiscing, share your stories about the factory and the theatre, and maybe even bring some memorabilia.

Places are free but we ask that you call the box office on 01946 692422 as soon as possible if you are planning to come along so we have an idea of numbers.

If you're unable to attend our reunion we'd still love to hear your stories. Tell us about your connections to our heritage so we can document them for future generations. Please contact our Creative Connections practitioner Janice Murray by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 01946 692422.

We are grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, for supporting our Creative Connections project.


Performance times and tickets

  • Saturday 23 November • 2-4pm
  • Tickets
    Please book your place by calling the box office on 01946 692422

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