Heritage centre’s local lace industry display

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 local lacemaking has gone on display at Desborough Heritage Centre.

Including lace samples taken home by workers and 150-year-old bobbins, the collection has been built up for more than 30 years by Diana Smith, who was born in the town and whose ancestors worked in the industry. She has also written books on local history and lacemaking, and has taken an NVQ in Cultural Heritage Operations, for work in museums.

Much of the work for the NVQ involved extensive study and research into the lacemaking industry of the East Midlands.

Meanwhile, the Heritage Centre has appealed for people to lend it memorabilia ahead of a major First World War exhibition this summer.

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

The centre has also appealed for help raising funds to pay for rent.