WIGSTON STREET NAMES INDEX NOW ONLINE ON THE GREATER WIGSTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY WEBSITE
Wigston Framework Knitters Museum is a Master Hosier’s house with a two story Victorian frameshop in the garden. The house dates from the last years of the seventeenth century and shows signs of various alterations. At the rear is a cobbled yard and a water pump. A two storey workshop extension has been added to the rear of the house.
The brick floor of an earlier frame shop can be seen in the garden; not unusual for this part of Leicestershire, with its long tradition of worsted knitting. The museum is unique, because when the last master hosier, Edgar Carter died in 1952, the workshop was locked and left. Inside on the ground floor were eight hand frames for making gloves, mitts and fancy ribbed tops for golf hose, together with all the moulds and tools associated with each machine.There is a large garden, well stocked with flowers, shrubs and fruit trees. The
(light refreshments available) and small shop complete the museum
The Wigston Framework Knitting Museum is recruiting volunteers to fulfil various roles within the museum. This can range from meeting and guiding visitors, general maintenance and housekeeping to demonstrating machines.
If you would like to help keep this little museum running and meet other people with an interest in social or industrial history, then this is an ideal opportunity.
Full support and training will be given.
Contact: Bill Boulter
Tel: 07977 169440
SMELTING EXHIBITION TO RECLAIM AND REPAIR
OLD BROKEN NEEDLES
NEW PUBLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MUSEUM
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DELAYED REOPENING OF MUSEUM.
When the Government published the 'Roadmap out of lockdown on the 22nd February 2021, museums were clearly included within Step 2 allowing us to reopen on the 12th April 2021. At that time we planned to reopen on Sunday 18th April 2021.
That original document (of which we have a copy) was soon amended and museums removed. Museums are now included in Step 3. This means that the earliest we can open is the 17th May 2021. Therefore at this time we are planning to reopen the doors on Sunday 23rd May 2021.
This is of course still subject to confirmation. We will therefore confirm this nearer the time. We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum, which will be a covid secure environment.