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Forum Newsletter

The Autumn 2020 Forum newsletter has been distributed.   In a period of coronavirus challenges and restrictions throughout the heritage sector, it is inspiring to read about so many exciting projects taking place within Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

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The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service

Forum members might wish to consider encouraging supporters to nominate them for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), which is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK.  It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life.

It is awarded to outstanding groups of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional.  The group must provide a specific local benefit such as preserving the local heritage and environment.  Nominations for the 2022 Award can be submitted from 1 April 2021 until 5pm on 15 September 2021.

Networking and sharing

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

2020 Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Awards
Details of the categories and the entry forms are on the Heritage Awards page – entry deadline 1st February 2021.  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.


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


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.