"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Friday, May 20, 2011

East Midlands UK Knitting Together Museum

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2011.

Knitting Together Museum website

The East Midlands, UK, knitting industry is the subject of the fantastic virtual and physical museum called Knitting Together.

The knitting industry has been in the East Midlands since the 16th century, and visitors
interested in learning about the ever evolving, sometimes violent history of knitting manufacture will definitely want to check out the "Timeline" located on the right side of any page. The timeline is very thorough, and explains the social consequences of increasingly sophisticated knitting technology.

Along with each segment of the timeline, visitors can view and learn about objects from the collection that relate to the events of the timeline, such as a piece of lace made circa 1769 that may be one of the oldest pieces of machine-made lace.

Clicking on "Virtual Museum" and then "Town Tour" will lead visitors to a tour of Leicester, which offers visitors a chance to take a virtual tour of all the significant sites of the town. Visitors just need to click on the purple circles on the map to see recent, quality photographs of buildings that once housed knitting factories, along with an informational blurb about the building or location. [KMG]

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