Alice Foley was born at Bolton in 1891. She started work in the Mill at 13 years of age. After the death of her father she became a member of the Socialist Club and Sunday School, and from an early age was involved in the Trade Union movement. Miss Foley was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1931. She became Secretary of the Bolton & District Weavers' and Winders' Association in 1949. She was a leading member of the Workers' Educational Association. She was awarded the M.B.E in 1950, and the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts (University of Manchester) in 1961. Alice Foley, M.B.E., M.A,, J.P., died in 1974. An autobiographical account of her early life in Bolton entitled 'A Bolton Childhood' was published by Manchester University Extra-Mural Department in 1973.