The Open University

The History of Cotton

Following the history of cotton through the streets of London

The 16th Century to the present day – a fascinating intermingling of economics and social history. This short documentary informs and engages students in the Open University’s Economics Department. 



Cristina Santos Lecturer in Economics, The Open University

'We were really impressed with Hamlett Films’ detailed research. They sourced a brilliant specialist who brought a whole new perspective and ended up consulting for our course. A lovely example of film and education cross pollination.'

The documentary required in depth academic research, and is brought to life through telling the human stories of those affected by the contemporary cotton industry, speaking to both shopkeepers and shoppers in London’s Brick Lane. Alongside rare interviews and archival footage, polished graphics wove together this engaging learning experience for undergraduate economics students. 



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