Working Lives

Working lives will explore how Charnwood’s landscape supported and was shaped by successive generations of local people. It will examine the work of miners, quarrymen, farmers who struggled to cultivate Charnwood’s poor rocky soils, monastic communities who found new ways to exploit local resources during the Middle Ages and hosiers, footwear manufactures and engineers who developed Charnwood into a centre of industry.

Archival research and training will introduce volunteers to a host of sources that can be used to investigate work and working lives such as trade directories, manorial records, agricultural returns, mining surveys, company archives, poor relief records and old photographs.

For those interested in the more recent past, we will also be recording interviews with former workers from businesses that have contributed much to the local area, for example Brush Electrical, Hathern Terracotta Works and Taylor’s Bell  Foundry, as well as some of the smaller, less well known enterprises.