Harborough Museum

Contour and Cream

Contour and Cream

This community project was led by Arts Development at Harborough District Council and Harborough Museum was one of the partners for this which using oral history to tell the stories of the Symington workforce in the town.  During the 1830s two brothers, James and William Symington came to Market Harborough and established their own businesses, one a draper and tailor and one a grocer.  By the end of the turn of the 20th century these two businesses, W Symington Ltd and R & W H Symington & Co Ltd were major employers for the town and had other factories across the world.

W Symington, known as the Soup Factory or Coffee Mills, was known for dried food products, and R & W H Symington was known for foundation garments (corsets and other types of underwear). Many employees of both factories were interviewed, a performance by Elaine Pantling created and a booklet was produced as part of the project. For more information about the performance, please click here.

The project was funded by The National Lottery Fund.

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Tuesday - Friday: 10am to 6pm

Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Sunday - Monday: Closed

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Tel: 0116 305 3627

Address: The Symington Building, Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7LT

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