Highlights of Harborough

Highlights of Harborough

Harborough Museum puts Market Harborough on the map!

Shopping In and Around Market HarboroughSEE photos of Harborough in the past, READ historical fact files and LISTEN to the voices of people who lived here 100 years ago on our new interactive digital map.

Focussing on retail, the ‘Shopping In and Around Market Harborough’ digital project builds on the ‘Highlights of Harborough’ project, and Harborough Museum is working with a small team of volunteers to develop this digital community archive.  Visitors can expect to be taken on an interactive experience of Market Harborough and its surrounding villages all through the click of a mouse. 

The digital nature of this archive means you can use the mouse to zoom in and out of the map, selecting streets or villages you might recognise or some you want to find more about.  Maybe you remember the Symington Factory now home to Harborough Museum, or are familiar with some of the shop fronts…see how they have changed or remained more or less untouched.

The project has recruited the interests and skills of a small team of volunteers, each getting involved in researching, writing and digitising collections.  Many interesting finds are included in this archive like shop bill headings, invoices, receipts, advertisements and objects dating from the late 1800’s sourced from Leicestershire Museum Collections.

Creative fact files of areas with significant importance each tell a story of their connections to Market Harborough through oral memoirs, photographs and historical facts.  Other fact files include the history of the Harborough Museum building as a former Symington factory where the Liberty Bodice was once produced.

The other aspect to this project is the close proximity to the Grand Union Canal and Foxton village in particular, providing an opportunity to explore ‘Retail on the Waterways’.  The fact file looks at how working boats carried cargo into Market Harborough to sell on to grocers, photographs of regatta’s held in 1807 and how the first Inland Waterways festival was held in 1950 at Market Harborough.

Stay tuned to track our progress!


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