The project has recruited the interests and skills of a small team of volunteers, each getting involved in researching, writing and digitising collections by scanning and photographing. We’ve started to compile fact files on areas with significant importance, photographs, historical facts and its connections to Market Harborough, all of which will form part of the digital archive.
The first phase of looking into the history of Harborough Museum as a building has begun with interesting finds related to retail and the Liberty Bodice. We’re also coming across fascinating shop bills, invoices and magazine advertisements from the town and its surrounding villages, some of which have been photographed and added to the digital map of Market Harborough – still very much a work in progress!
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’.
Once we’ve collated and documented our findings, we plan to focus on editing oral history files, adding to the overall digital experience.
Our Twitter feeds are soon to be up and running, where you can keep up to date with the project progress. Take a sneak preview of the archive photographs on Flickr which, with the help of volunteers, are working on adding photograph descriptions.
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Expect to be taken on an interactive experience through viewing the many photographs from past and present, reading historical fact files and hearing audio clips!
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