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  • Textile History - publications from Pasold
  • The Pasold Research Fund publishes research monographs and essays - front cover images.

Pasold Resource Page

This page is an open access resource for researchers in textile, dress and fashion history. 

We welcome suggestions of material that might feature on the Research Resources page, bearing in mind the constraints imposed by copyright. All items appearing on the site would need to have copyright assigned to the Fund for the purpose of electronic publication. Please address suggestions to the Pasold Research Fund Director, Dr Bethan Bide at


These downloads are available as PDF files. They are quite large and so please be patient when you are downloading.

1. Gillian Holman, Made in East Anglia: A History of the Region’s Textile & Menswear Industries (Pasold Resource no. 1, 2015). (PDF 8MB).
2. Lesley Ellis Miller, Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century French Silk Designers (Pasold Resource no. 2, 2016). (PDF 6MB).


These downloads are available as PDF files. They are quite large and so please be patient when you are downloading.

N.B. Harte, The New Draperies in the Low Countries and England (No. 10, 1997).  (PDF 231MB)

D.T. Jenkins and K.G. Ponting, The British Wool Textile Industry, 1770-1914 (No. 3, 1986). (PDF 297MB)

S. D. Chapman and S. Chassagne, European Textile Printers in the Eighteenth Century: A Study of Peel and Oberkampf  (No. 1, 1981). (PDF 145MB).


Frequently Asked Questions about our PDF downloads

What is a PDF?

PDF is an acronym for Portable Document Format. The PDF file is designed to look the same on a screen and in print, regardless of what kind of computer or printer someone is using and regardless of what software package was originally used to create it. Although they contain the complete formatting of the original document, including fonts and images, PDF files are highly compressed, allowing complex information to be downloaded efficiently.

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If neither your operating system nor your browser is capable of opening PDFs, you can download Adobe Reader, which will allow you to open and read PDFs.

What if I have a slow internet connection?

Start the book download at the end of the your working day and let it download overnight.

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Are the PDF files on the site searchable?

The majority of the PDF files on our site are searchable. They are called "native" PDF files and are created from source files.  Some of the PDF files are created from pictures of the pages, and are called "scanned image" PDF files. These are not searchable.