Frame Break

2016

Oak, laser cut aluminium, laser cut stainless steel

280cm x 390cm x 250cm

The Destruction of Stocking Frames, etc. Act 1812 (52 Geo 3 c. 16), also known as the Frame-Breaking Act and before passage as the Frame Work Bill, was an Act of Parliament passed by the British Government in 1812 aimed at increasing the penalties for Luddite behaviour in order to discourage it. The act made the destruction of mechanised looms – stocking frames – a capital felony (and hence a crime punishable by death).[1][2] Similarly raised to the level of capital felony were the associated crimes of damaging frames and entering a property with intent to damage a frame.[2] In these respects the act was a stronger version of the Protection of Stocking Frames, etc. Act 1788, which had made similar acts punishable by 7–14 years transportation.[2] All measures included in the Act were only to be applied temporarily, and were duly set to expire on 1 March 1814.[2]