The history of framework knitting comes to life with new app

Posted by ap507 at May 08, 2014 12:05 PM |
Research collaboration produces free app
The history of framework knitting comes to life with new app

Source: Wikipedia; Stocking Frame at Ruddington Framework Knitters' Museum

A research project at the University has led to the creation of a web app about the rich history of framework knitting in the East Midlands.

‘Meeting the Presser’ is a prototype web application that can be played on an up-to-date computer or tablet. The backbone of the app is a film about Martin Green, the UK’s only commercial framework knitter. During the film, the app presents buttons at specific moments, which allow the viewer to navigate to additional information, relevant to that point in the film. There is a rich net of photos, video, illustrations, text and audio history to explore.

Postgraduates from the School of History Gill Murray, Tom Hulme and Sally Hartshorne all worked on the project as interns and did much of the research involved.

The project is part of an innovative programme called ‘Archives to Assets’ which involves University researchers working collaboratively with creative organisations and technology companies to turn archive material into interesting and engaging new mediums.

The app draws on material from archives held at the University of Leicester including the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA), the Manufacturing Pasts collection and the Records Office.

The web-app can be viewed by up-to-date browsers here