Heritage Open Days Tours

Saturday 16th September, 10:30am to 2:30pm


Join us and take a guided tour inside The Symington Building. Hear about the building’s past and present, the family corsetry business, their workforce and it’s great community. See archive materials and objects close up.

Tours will take place at 10.30am, 11.30am and 2.30pm.

R & W H Symington Co Limited had one of the first mechanized corset factories in England. They took over a disused factory in 1861 in Adam & Eve St, Market Harborough and the company experienced rapid growth. This was credited to entrepreneurial skill and their most famous product “The Liberty Bodice”, manufactured for almost 70 years and worn across the world.

Today the building houses Harborough District Council, Harborough Museum and other shared public services. Join this peak inside to reveal hidden places not usually open to the public. Delve into the building’s manufacturing past, learn about the family business and their workers illustrated with images and objects from the museum.

The tour includes the historic timber staircase to slowly ascend the 3 floors of the building. This area is not accessible for those with limited mobility and wheelchair users. The onsite lift is available for access to the third floor. No children under 12.

Booking essential, email us to book your place.

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