The Spirella factory was built between 1912 and 1920. The American company revolutionised the manufacture of corsets, and came to Letchworth Garden City in 1910. The company’s motto was ‘Healthy Happy Workers are the World’s Best’. Thousands of people from the Garden City and around worked at the factory, and the building is a much-loved Letchworth landmark. Packed full of objects and old photographs and ephemera from the museum's collections, this major exhibition will explore the history of the magnificent Spirella Building.
History of spirella building:
Spirella Company operational in temporary wooden sheds in Nevells Road.
Work is completed on The Spirella Building's factory workshop block - the section nearest the railway.
The central section, featuring The Spirella Ballroom, is completed.
The work is completed and the Spirella Company moves in.
Spirella Decade Club visits the British Empire Exhibition on 7 June.
An Extension and outbuildings are created, but not to the standard of Hignett's original design.
Spirella manufactures parachutes and decoding machinery.
Fashion changes lead to reduced demand for corsetry.
Staff numbers decrease throughout the decade.
Grade ll* Listing of building.