In June 2001 Leicester City Museums Service and its partners successfully gained a grant from the New Opportunities Fund to develop a website celebrating the history of the East Midlands knitting industry. The Knitting Together project commenced in December 2001 digitising objects from museum collections in the region.
This App represents a follow-up to that work with interactive, location-based information about the heritage of the knitting industry to be found in central Leicester.
Knitting Together is also part of the Spinning the Web consortium (Manchester City Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council).
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This App is based on the book ‘Visions of Ancient Leicester’ by Mathew Morris and Richard Buckley of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS). The artist Mike Codd was commissioned to prepare a series of reconstruction drawings of the town and many of its most important buildings for inclusion in the book.
The App is intended as an accompaniment to the book, presenting some of its contents in interactive form.
The App incorporates material from the book consisting of four sections covering Iron Age, Roman, Anglo Saxon and Medieval periods, with descriptions of archaeological sites. There are also four associated archaeological maps graphically superimposed on modern-day Leicester.
The text pages and maps are linked dynamically. Clicking on a map marker, takes you to the relevant description and, from each page of text, clicking on the map icon, displays the associated map.
Although maps are presented for all four eras, the textual descriptions focus on the Roman and Medieval periods about which more is known.
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