Alice Hawkins And The Footwear Industry

Alice Hawkins And The Footwear Industry Blog

Museum Visit – 24.9.10

We arranged to take a number of our MuBu project voluteers to the Newarke Houses Museum on Friday so they could have the chance to look around the areas where the films will be installed.

We met with Philip French, curator at the museum, who gave an insight into the new exhibition and spoke about the project.

The time spent was really constructive to the volunteers as they now have first hand experience of the project, Museum and the 3 films.

Museum Visit 1

Museum Visit 2

Museum Visit 3


Digital Media Workshop – 10.9.10

We ran a workshop today to a group of people at The Centre in the City Centre which was hugely successful and had a great deal of audience participation. We trained them in basic camera techniques, an overview of how the video camera works and finished the session with some fun filming people in front of the green screen. This footage will then be edited by Gareth and I to create some fun clips to give back to the Centre.

Also we went over the details of the MuBu project and what the 3 films will be about. The group will be visiting the Newarke Houses Museum in the next few weeks to have a look at the gallery where the new exhibition will be and to meet Philip French.

We are training another group on Monday and hope this will be as successful as todays workshop.

Workshop Photo 1

Workshop Photo 2

Workshop Photo 4
Workshop Photo 3


Citizens Eye

Gareth Morgan from Zenithfilms was recently interviewed by Citizens Eye, a community news website, about the MuBu project.

Gareth Citizens Eye InterviewThe interview was filmed for the Citizen’s Eye website and the video uploaded to their YouTube channel. It featured Gareth talking about the different aspects of the MuBu project and how the aim is to produce digital content for the Newarke Houses Museum’s new exhibitions . He mentioned the digital media workshops and how people from the relevant communities can apply to be part of the project. 

Click the link below to read the article and watch Gareth’s video interview.

Interested people should contact: Gareth on 07522032683 or Paul on 07875256189.


The Three Films

There are going to be three films created for the new museum galleries. After a couple of meetings with Philip French (Curator – Leicester History, Newarks Houses Museum) we have decided on the themes and are now in the research and development stage.

The three films are:

Film 1: Alice Hawkins and the Footwear Industry
Film will document the legacy of Alice Hawkins, Leicester’s first suffragette and her time working in the footwear industry.

Film 2: Pat Keeling and the Hosiery Industry
Interviews with Pat Keeling about her experiences of working for the hosiery industry in Leicester as a model and her current work she is doing with her modelling industry in the local area.

Film 3: Montage of Leicester Industries
A film looking at areas of the Footwear and Hosiery industry at the start of the century in Leicester and what those buildings are today.


Treasure Box Media And Zenithfilms

Partnering with The LeicestHERday Trust in running the workshops for the project is Treasure Box Media and Zenithfilms.

Both have vast experience in digital media production and training and will be overseeing the delivery of the videos and audio into the Newarke Houses Museum’s new exhibitions.

Treasure Box Media

Treasure Box Media are a videography and motion graphics company based in Leicester. They provide a number of creative services including Wedding and Event Videography, DVD Photo Slideshows and Motion Graphics training.


Also based in Leicester, Zenithfilms are a dynamic, creative production company that primarily create narrative short films. Equipped with the latest high-end equipment, they also cover a wide range of personal, corporate and promotional material, adding their own unique cinematic edge through an imaginative use of technology and boundless creative spirit.


Want To Learn Digital Media?

Want to learn digital media techniques in audio & video?

The LeicestHERday Trust have teamed up with Treasure Box Media and Zenithfilms to deliver a number of workshops in audio and video production to a number of volunteers within certain areas of Leicestershire. 

These volunteers will use their training to help produce the audio and video content for the new exhibitions in the Newarke Houses Museum.

We are looking for volunteers from the following areas: Highfields, Beaumont Leys, Braunstone, St Matthews, New Parks, Eyres Monsell and Saffron Lane who would like to participate in this great project.


Leicester Newarke Houses Museum

Leicester Newarke Houses Museum

Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens incorporating the Museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment

Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston’s Chantry House and Skeffington House and tells the story of 20th century Leicester and the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.

The museum displays include room settings from the 1950s and 70s, a cinema experience, a collection of toys from Tudor to present day and a play area for children to try various games. Two dedicated community galleries tell the story of ‘Moving Here’ and settling in Leicester.

Find out more about Leicester’s famous son Daniel Lambert and visit a 1950s street scene inspired by Wharf Street that includes the Jolly Angler public house, a grocer and a pawnbroker, with sounds and conversations from the times.

Discover more about the story of Leicester at War. Through personal stories find out about the home front and the history of the Regiment, including a recreation of a First World War trench with sound and lighting.

Through oral histories, archive film, computer interactives and collections discover the histories of Newarke Houses, the surrounding historic area and 20th Century Leicester.


Leicester My Home

“Leicester My Home” is to be a new exhibition within Gallery One of the Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester.

The Exhibition will look into Leicester, past and present, and in particular focusing on work, industry and the sense of pride throughout the city.

The themes will include:

  1. Introduction to Leicester as a City
  2. Hosiery and knitwear in the early industrial era (1860-1900)
  3. Boot and shoe industry in Leicester (c 1860-1900)
  4. Engineering in Leicester (c 1900-1980)
  5. From the Home to the Factory
  6. From the Factory to the Home
  7. Large scale industrial units to smaller sized workshops in the late 20th Century

The LeicestHERday Trust will be partnered by Treasure Box Media and Zenithfilms to create digital audio and video for the exhibition.


About this Sponsor

The LeicestHERday Trust is an organisation formed to give an equal voice to all women and enhance the community at large by enhancing women's life experiences. LeicestHERday Trust is the home of the International Women's Day.