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New exhibition shines a light on local lacemaking

Diana Smith, who is displaying her collection of items related to Northamptonshire lacemaking at the Desborough Heritage Centre. Also pictured (right) is the centre's Belinda Humfrey

Diana Smith, who is displaying her collection of items related to Northamptonshire lacemaking at the Desborough Heritage Centre. Also pictured (right) is the centre's Belinda Humfrey

A range of artefacts relating to lacemaking have gone on display at Desborough Heritage Centre.

The collection, which includes lace samples taken home by workers and 150-year-old bobbins, has been built up for more than 30 years by Diana Smith, who was born in the town and whose ancestors used to work in the industry.

She has also written books on the town’s history and lacemaking.

Meanwhile, the heritage centre has made an appeal for people to lend memorabilia or photos ahead of its major First World War exhibition this summer to coincide with the centenary of the conflict.

The exhibition will include pictures of the 140 Desborough men killed in the war.

The centre has also said it needs to raise funds to help pay for rent and heating at its Station Road site.

 

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