July 28, 2020 – August 31, 2020
The Story Place
Harborough Museum is unique as it shares a space with Market Harborough Library on the first floor of The Symington Building. One of the many ways the library and museum are integrated is The Story Place, which is a wonderful enclosed children’s library area. In The Story Place are two cases, which feature regularly-changing displays using museum objects related to exhibitions, favourite children’s books and seasonal events. In 2020 before the Covid-19 lockdown, we created a display about inspiring people to feature alongside all of the inspiring children’s books in The Story Place. We have brought the display online including information about each person, and photographs of the Story Place displays including fantastic museum objects related to each person and their achievements.
The theme for the story place cases is ‘walk in someone else’s shoes’. The people selected have made amazing achievements in the fields of science, music, aviation, sport, and humanitarianism. They also overcame great obstacles in order to do so. I chose these people in order to inspire children to think about what they want to achieve when they grow up.Paige, Library Service Assistant at Market Harborough Library and Harborough Museum, who created the display.
Read about each person below, and see museum objects from the collections of Leicestershire County Council in the photographs below.
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)
Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. After this successful flight she continued to break records by being the first woman to fly from Hawaii to California. Amelia was also an advocate for women’s rights. Sadly, Amelia disappeared on one of her flights in 1937.
Thomas Barnardo (1845-1905)
Thomas Barnardo was the founder of many houses for the poor and started his own charity. Between 1870 and 1905 he helped nearly 100,000 children gain access to care and education. The charity that he created continues to this day.
Nicholas Winton (1909-2015)
Nicholas Winton helped rescue 669 Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia before World War II. He found them new homes in Britain, arranging for foster families to take the children in. A lot of the time, these families were volunteers. The methods he used became known as the Kindertransport.
Rosalind Franklin (1920- 1958)
Rosalind Franklin was an English Chemist who made life changing contributions to the study of science. She was one of the first scientists to carry out X-Ray crystallography on DNA, which is a way to see a 3D structure of a molecule. Through this she made advances in understanding formation of DNA.
Jesse Owens (1913-1980)
Jesse Owens is known as one of the greatest athletes in history because of his success at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He won four gold medals in the 100-meter sprint, the 200-meter sprint, the 400-meter relay, and the long jump. At the end of his sporting career Jesse became a good will ambassador for America.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American musician who became famous in the 1930’s. She was one of the first widely popular gospel musicians and had a unique guitar technique which made her a pioneer in her field, influencing artists such as Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash.
Image of Jesse Owens from Wikimedia Commons, attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R96374 / CC-BY-SA 3.0