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‘Shopping In and Around Market Harborough’

Harborough Digital Project update Nov 2011.  

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.

Follow the ‘Shopping In And Around Market Harborough’ Digital Project on:

Twitter: @LeicsMuseums

Blog: http://leicestershiremuseums.wordpress.com

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/harboroughmuseum/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/harboroughmuseum

MUBU blog: http://www.digitalengagementnetwork.org/highlightsofharborough/blog/

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!

 

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!

 

Harborough Museum needs you!

As part of the new ‘MuBu’ project, Harborough Museum will be putting up hundreds of photographs of places around Harborough – but we need help! We need volunteers to put the images on computer software that will be installed at the museum later this year. We also need people who can identify where the photos were taken, what they are of and to recall your memories of the places featured. If you are interested in volunteering at the museum please contact us on 01858 821085 or via email: harboroughmuseum@leics.gov.uk

MuBu is a new scheme designed to connect museums and audiences through digital projects. To see some of the projects being run across the East Midlands click here: http://www.digitalengagementnetwork.org/

 

Want to see what Harborough looked like a hundred years ago?

As part of Renaissance East Midlands’ ‘MuBu’ project, Harborough Museum is putting hundreds of its 10,000 strong collection of photographs online. The pictures can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/harboroughmuseum/

And by selecting the map option you’ll even be able to see where the pictures were taken. Some of the pictures date back to the early 1900’s when it all looked very different.

MuBu is a new scheme designed to connect museums and audiences through digital projects. To see some of the projects being run across the East Midlands click here: http://www.digitalengagementnetwork.org/

 

Bank Holiday Event

Event at Harborough Museum

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The museum has lots of downloadable activity sheets for the event.

 

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