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General enquiries email or telephoning 0116 305 4140.

Forum Membership, please contact Phillip Lindley, treasurer and membership secretary, by email at

Forum Chairman, Wendy Freer, email

Forum Newsletter, Penny email

Website Updates, email

Networking and sharing

Meeting other heritage volunteers and sharing ideas is a great way to learn in an enjoyable environment. The Forum hosts four members’ meetings a year. The next meeting is

Members Meeting and Forum Annual General Meeting hosted by Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust, Loughborough , 12.45pm for 1pm Tuesday 31st March 2020 – Free to Forum Members   

Cancelled until coronavirus pandemic resolved

Bells in the bellfoundry museumWe are delighted that the meeting for all Forum members is being hosted by Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust.  The guided tour of the bellfoundry will take us through the centuries old bell making process that has produced so many fabulous bells that ring throughout the country.  The tour will be followed by the Forum Annual General Meeting.
12.45  Arrival
13.00  Guided tour of the Bellfoundry
14.30  Tea, biscuits and comfort break
15.00  Forum Annual General Meeting
The correct address is Bell Foundry Trust, Freehold Street, Loughborough LE11 1AR


July 2020 Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Awards
Details of the categories and the entry forms are on the Heritage Awards page – entry deadline 15th May 2020.  Please note that members can enter as many of the categories as they wish for free but for non-members there will be a fee of £32 per entry so it is well worth reminding your treasurer to renew your membership subscription promptly when the reminder comes out in January!
Committee members
We are still hoping to welcome new members to our committee.  In particular, we are going to need a new treasurer when Phillip Lindley retires at the next AGM.. It would be very useful if a volunteer came forward now as they could “shadow” Phillip for a few months before taking over the job next year.  If you think you might be interested in joining the committee, as treasurer or as an ordinary committee members, please get in touch with Wendy Freer as soon as possible:


Previous Meetings

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The two headed calf 28th November 2019 – Melton Carnegie Museum, Melton Mowbray – a helpful presentation on the country towns museums network, followed by a guided tour of the museum and how they dealt with contentious issuesA A Melton Mowbray museum has to feature pork pies
Lots of technology in the Lightning 27th June 2019 – Lightning Preservation Group, Bruntingthorpe Airfield – A very useful Arts Council funding presentation was followed by visits to the Lightnings in the Quick Reaction Alert hangar and the Boeing 747s. The Boeing 747 is absolutely huge
Viewing an interesting document 28th March 2019 – County Records Office, Wigston – We had a wonderful tour including the muniments room where all the documents were stored. The highlight was the sample of documents laid out for us to view. Fascinating documents to see
Viewing an interesting document 30th November 2018 – Leicestershire County Council, Creative Learning Services, Wigston – CLS have so many fabulous artefacts that they take to schools. When our treasurer goes collecting fees in this helmet everyone will pay up pretty quickly! Viewing an interesting document


Membership Benefits

Providing support for over thirty years, the Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Forum is the only region-wide organisation which promotes and celebrates the unique heritage of Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.  Our work raises standards across the region and helps develop long-standing relationships between our members.

Through joining our Forum you will get exclusive access to:

  • Information sharing and networking opportunities with museum and heritage organisations across the region;
  • An engaging programme of relevant, practical training;
  • Expert support and advice on volunteering opportunities and challenges;
  • Site visits to other heritage sites within the region;
  • Promotional marketing, with our members details featured on the Forum website and promoted across our social media channels;
  • Access to Forum members only categories in the Biennial County Heritage Awards which celebrate excellence in the region;
  • Access to a newsletter, filled with regional updates;
  • Access to funding and fundraising advice and opportunities (location dependent);
  • A range of committee and non-committee roles to get more involved in the work of the Forum;
  • Opportunities to work on collaborative projects with other organisations.

We welcome membership from anyone in the region with an interest in this local heritage, offering both institutional and individual memberships.  View our Forum leaflet online Forum leaflet

Membership costs £30 for an organisation and £20 for individuals per year. membership form


Website Updates

Members wishing to update their page on the website should email details to

Forum Newsletter

The Winter 2018 Forum newsletter has been distributed.  Contents include:

  • Forum Events and Activities
  • The Sandford Award for Heritage Education
  • Revised museum accreditation timetable
  • Burbage Heritage Group – WWI project
  • Pudding Bag Productions – new film
  • Cotesbach Educational Trust – Talk Tuesdays
  • Leicestershire Victorian County History Trust – Loughborough volume
  • Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum – World War One

Sign up for future editions, email Tracey via

Exciting Free Heritage Opportunities for Schools

The Forum has published a booklet for schools that describes the activities and learning experiences that Heritage Groups in North West Leicestershire can offer to support schools in the delivery of the national curriculum.
Many activities are more than just history, they include English, mathematics, geography and other subjects.

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