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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

Tour of Mountsorrel and Rothley Heritage Centre – Thursday 22nd September 2022

This amazing heritage organisation have developed fabulous facilities at the site including:

  • Railway Museum with historic railway vehicles
  • Railway with one and a half miles of track that connect to the Great Central Railway
  • Granite stone quarry with masons huts and narrow gauge railway
  • Quarry heritage building
  • Nunckley nature trail
  • Mountsorrel and rothley heritage centre
  • Granite cafe

The tour will be a great opportunity to see what they have created and ask questions about how they have achieved it.  Meet at 2pm at 240 Swithland Lane, Rothley. LE7 7UE

At the end of the tour there will be the formal launch of the 2023 Heritage Awards, so you will be the first to know about the entry opportunities and timescales.

Previous Meetings

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row of bells November 2021 – John Taylor Bell Foundry – a fabulous trip around the only bell foundry in the UK – great to have physical meetings after all the Zooms. A gold painted bell
pouring heated bell metal Hosted by Loughborough Bell Foundry Trust – the highlight was watching bells being cast pouring bell metal into the mold
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.