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Opportunities for Schools *** Networking and Sharing *** Forum Newsletter *** Forum Exhibition *** Museum Development Officer *** Celebrating Achievements and Success

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 Janet via contact@lrhf.org.uk for more information.

 

Training

Networking and sharing

Meeting other heritage volunteers and sharing ideas is a great way to learn in an enjoyable environment. The Forum hosts four open meetings a year, such as
– April 2017 – Tour of Moira Furnace and trip on the Joseph Wilkes canal boat, plus Forum Annual General Meeting.
– July 2017 – Viewed the Swannington School outdoor exhibition set up by Swannington Heritage Trust along the length of Main Street.

Meeting – September 2017 – Social Media at Melton Mowbray – how the Market Town Museums team of Leicestershire County Council developed their approach to social media.
– December 2017 – Training and Open Meeting at St Helens Heritage Centre, Ashby de la Zouch. email Janet via
contact@lrhf.org.uk to book your place.
Training  3-6pm      So much to say but not so much you overwhelm or confuse your readers.
Whether you have a permanent display space in your museum or put on temporary displays in other places the use of text plays a vital role in telling your stories. The session will show techniques for drawing readers in and keeping their attention, how to make difficult concepts accessible, prioritise important information and choose an appropriate tone of voice.
Food 6-7pm refreshments will be provided for those attending both sessions or just the evening meeting.
Open meeting & Raffle 7-9pm     St Helen’s Heritage Project presentation followed by “Making Heritage Come Alive Through Film” by Wendy Freer who will show recent Pudding Bag films as examples.

Forum Newsletter

The Autumn 2017 Forum newsletter has been distributed. Contents include:
– Forum Events and Activities
– Burbage Heritage Group – Pughe’s Paddock and Burbage War Memorial Garden
– Hinckley and District Museum – Wash Days
– Cotesbach Educational Trust – Reconnecting with the land
– Wolds Historical Organisation – Discovering the Wolds
– Mountsorrel Heritage Group – Collaboration can create colour
– Pudding Bag Productions – New Films
– Diseworth Heritage Trust – Commemorative Wall Hanging
– Great Central Railway – Main Line Museum
– Ashby Museum – Philip Bent VC
– Ravenstone Hospital – Green plaque for Ann Ayre Hely
Sign up for future editions, email Janet via contact@lrhf.org.uk

Forum Exhibition

painting of Mountsorrel Market
A tram from the Ashby and Burton Light Railway

 

 

 

Putting up a painting at the exhibition

 

The Forum’s 2017 exhibition theme was Heritage Art, at the Atkins gallery in Hinckley during August.  There were some wonderful exhibits from Burbage, Canal Museum, Diseworth, Hinckley, Old Rectory, Swannington and others.

 Museum Development Officer

MDOs are a conduit for advice and support for museums, about all issues concerning heritage management. This covers everything from collections based issues, to queries around business management. Leicestershire County has access to this service one day a week in the form of MDO Sarah Hartshorne. For the remainder of the week Sarah is Programme Officer for Museum Development East Midlands.

As such Sarah can provide access to training and grants through Museum Development East Midlands, as well as more tailored and one-to-one support exclusively to museums in Leicestershire. Telephone 07730 583 319 Email sarah.hartshorne@leics.gov.uk

 

awards-2016Celebrating achievements and successes

Every two years the Forum hosts the heritage awards in conjunction with Leicestershire County Council. Selecting winners is very difficult as our members submit so many exciting projects.
 
 
 
 

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There were 50 fabulous entries for the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum’s 2016 Heritage Awards, the judges certainly had a hard time deciding on the winners as the quality of all the entries was so high. Thirteen groups were recognised for their achievements.

 

Category

Winner

Highly Commended

Best project under £750 Swannington Heritage Trust
Best project over £750 The BoilerHouse at Foxton Locks
Bringing heritage alive  Cotesbach Educational Trust Swannington Heritage Trust
Best research project Ravenstone Hospital Trust Castle Donington Museum
Attracting new audiences  Moira Furnace Museum Braunstone Heritage and Archive Group, Sir John Moore Foundation
Behind the scenes  Ashby Museum Swannington Heritage Trust
Volunteer team of the year Swannington Heritage Trust
Response to WW1 Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial Hugglescote and Donington le Heath Heritage Society, Charnwood Museum and Western Front Association of Volunteers
Heritage Group of the Year Pudding Bag Productions
Museum of the Year Sir John Moore Foundation Moria Furnace Museum