We had a great time last week working with primary schools in Rushden uncovering the connections pupils have to the boot and shoe trade. Not surprisingly for a town built on the industry, many pupils had stories to tell and others discovered how the shoe trade has shaped the place they live in.
One of the things we showed them were some of the films we have made about people’s stories. Most poignant of all was working with pupils at Alfred Street school where pupils died during a bombing raid on a shoe factory next door in 1940. They told us all about this, but were fascinated to learn from the film that employees in Rushden shoe Companies had raised money to buy a Spitfire in retaliation.