Digital view into Leicester's rich industrial heritage

Posted by pt91 at Sep 13, 2011 02:17 PM |
Exploring Leicester’s Manufacturing Past - Saturday 17 September 2011, 10 am to 4.30 pm

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 September 2011

A glimpse into Leicester’s rich industrial heritage using digital sources will be provided at a University of Leicester conference on Saturday 17 September.

Industrial Inheritance: Exploring Leicester’s Manufacturing Past, is a one-day conference organised by the University of Leicester’s Centre for Urban History and the University’s David Wilson Library.

The conference explores Leicester’s history of manufacturing industry in the 19th and 20th century. It includes talks by Professor Robert Colls of the School of Historical Studies, Colin Hyde of the East Midlands Oral History Archive and Rowan Roenisch from Leicester’s Victorian Society. The Library’s Evelyn Cornell will present the Joan Skinner archive of factory buildings in Special Collections and there will be a chance to view the new My Leicestershire online archive of digital sources.

Professor Simon Gunn, Director of the Centre for Urban History, said: "Leicester is a city with a proud industrial past and the University of Leicester has a unique collection of photographs, films and oral testimony from those who worked in industries like hosiery and the boot and shoe trade. This conference showcases these resources and aims to recover the lost world of manufacturing that is fast disappearing from Leicester's landscape".

• The conference on Saturday 17 September 2011, 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., Venue: Ogden Lewis Suite, Fielding Johnson South Wing, University of Leicester  is open to all and free of charge but you are requested to contact Kate Crispin on 0116 252 2378 or to register and receive further details.

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