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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

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

Emergency Preparedness – 2-4pm Thursday 19th September – Free to Forum Members

If you want to know how to prepare your organisation in case of fire, flood or any other form of emergency, this is for you.
This initiative is run by Museum Development East Midlands that builds on the legacy of the Regional Emergency Disaster Squad (REDS) service offered by the former membership body East Midlands Museums Service (EMMS).  EMMS legacy funding and Arts Council funding for MDEM ensures museums of all types and sizes can access support from this programme until March 2022
There are five key elements of the programme:
– Emergency and Risk Network (ERN)
– Emergency Planning Resources on the Museum Development East Midlands website
– County Forum support
– Training and workshops
– Specialist advice

Atkins Building, opposite Hinckley and District Museum, Hinckley.

Book your ticket here: Eventbrite:


Open General Meeting for Forum Members  Thursday 19th September 4pm to 5pm.  Hinckley & District Museum, Hinckley

A chance to network with colleagues from other Forum organisations, hear what’s going on in the Forum and in the organisations of other members as well as spreading the word about your own events.

Previous Meetings

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Viewing an interesting document 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. Fascinating documents to see
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.
The intention is to provide an extended online version covering the whole of the forum’s area, email Tracey via for more information.