Step back in time with new digital resources revealing Leicestershire’s shoemaking past

Posted by ap507 at Nov 17, 2014 01:00 PM |
University of Leicester involved in project bringing history to life
Step back in time with new digital resources revealing Leicestershire’s shoemaking past

© Kev Ryan

Step back into the history of Harborough’s shoemaking heritage with the launch of a new exhibit and “Falkner” app for smartphones and mobile devices.

The 'Sole2Soul' project links the traditions of the town’s footwear artisans, the Falkner family, with modern day tales inspired by writers commissioned by the University's Centre for New Writing.

'Sole2Soul' was commissioned as part of Leicestershire County Council’s 'Click; Connect; Curate; Create' project, funded by Arts Council England to explore how digital media and technology can increase engagement with collections and footfall to museums.

The event takes place at Harborough Museum, on Thursday 27 November, between 4:00pm and 5:30pm, where young curators of the future will meet wise old “Silver Champions”, participants aged over 55 who have produced twitter stories (tales of 140 characters or less) and poems about the exhibit.

There will also be live readings of the creative work, podcasts and artefacts on display from the Falkner Boot and Shoe exhibition, which is named after the family which dominated the hand-made shoe industry in Harborough for three generations - more than 150 years.

More information can be found here.