Shop receipt

Daventry’s High Street has been a defining feature for centuries, where locals and villagers could find the latest must-have and catch up on gossip. Many people have memories of their first experience of work starting a Saturday job in one the shops and cafes that make up the heart of the town. As a buyer, you could stock up on groceries by filling… Read more »

BBC tools

The BBC was a significant employer locally with skilled engineers ensuring that the masts on Borough Hill could broadcast the World Service to all corners of the globe. Here we have an old blowtorch, useful in applying heat to metalwork; and a brace and bit, which is a hand tool used to drill holes.

Stead and Simpson’s officer’s boot

This boot is one of the millions produced in the Stead and Simpson’s factory on New Street during WW2. Made especially for officers in the British Army, Navy and Air Force, the boots were designed to be practical, comfortable and, importantly for those serving at high altitudes, warm. Many local people have worked in this factory when it was Stead and Simpson and… Read more »