Last chance this year to see exhibition...
ROTHLEY’S Workhouse Exhibition opens its doors for the last time this summer season on Sunday, October 14, between 1pm and 4pm at the Cemetery Chapel in Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley.
The Cemetery Chapel itself is worth a visit, an interesting example of late Victorian expertly laid brickwork. Visitors to open days through the summer have been met by a Workhouse Master and a Matron in Costume.
They have steered visitors through the story of the Poor Law, which led to the formation of the Barrow Upon Soar Poor Law Union in 1837 and the opening of its Workhouse in Rothley in 1840.
Of notable interest have been the 40 video clips made from specially commissioned artwork by illustrator Terry Lewis. Twenty clips feature the way the Poor Law and the Workhouse system operated.
The other 20 video clips feature imagined images of real people researched by a group of volunteers brought together by the Rothley Heritage Trust.
Other volunteers recorded the scripted voices behind these pauper images.
Visitors to the exhibition can use a touch-screen
monitor to select and hear and watch the video clips.
Admission to this Lottery-funded project is free, and parking is at the Catholic Church opposite in Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley.
More information from Terry Sheppard on 0116 230 2931.
Rothley’s Workhouse Exhibition opens its doors for the last time this summer season on Sunday.