100% Cotton

label on jeans: '100% Cotton'

Cotton has been grown, used and traded by people for thousands of years. Its fibres have been spun and woven in many different ways and connect people around the globe.

From t-shirts and our favourite pair of jeans, to fluffy towels and the sheets we sleep on - it’s something that we take for granted.

But have you ever thought about where cotton comes from? That it’s not just a plant, but also a commodity, traded around the globe? Did you know that Liverpool is a city built on cotton? That it shaped the North West and the landscape we see?

This exhibition explores how cotton has been grown, used and traded and why a plant from the tropics became so important to Liverpool and the North West.