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Harborough at Work

Earning a Living in a Ladybird World

Harborough at Work is a family friendly exhibition looking at the Ladybird Books series ‘People at Work’. This exhibition considers how occupations and attitudes have changed since the publication of the first title sixty years ago.

We have captured work today through a series of photographs and interviews with firefighters, police officers, nurses, postal workers and farmers from Harborough. Their portraits now form a photo wall in the gallery. The Harborough exhibition was cocurated with members of our Community Connectors panel over two consultation sessions in April 2024. Their input has shaped how the material is presented and laid out in the Museum.

We have appointed Amy Nicholson of The Handmade Theatre Company, to lead a creative response to the exhibition. This June and July Amy will co-produce a mural with local people exploring what work means to people today. It will be displayed in gallery and later in other venues in Harborough. There will be a series of free drop in workshops at the Library/Museum and Market Hall where people can get involved.

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Community Art Workshops

Get involved in free community art workshops this summer

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Find out about Ladybird Books

How the Ladybird books portrayed work.

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Reflections from Harborough

Work in Harborough today.

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