At Ashby de la Zouch Museum we are keen on enhancing our visitors’ experience through digital technology. In 2010 we took part in a MuBu supported project to make a set of films about life in Ashby de la Zouch in the year 2010. Some of these films can be seen on our website and on YouTube (click the YouTube link on this page) or go to http://www.ashbydelazouchmuseum.org.uk/Ashby_2010.html Our latest digital project was to use the RNIB PenFriend audio devices to create a set of audio trails around the Museum. We have trails in English and French. A third trail lets visitors listen to “Ghost voices from the past” and the fourth trail is a set of recordings which feature children talking about the cartoon history of Ashby which is a feature of our Loudoun Gallery. We are hoping that the “All Our Stories” project will allow us to launch a new exciting digital project next year. In the meantime we have a regularly updated website with news and special pages for children: http://www.ashbydelazouchmuseum.org.uk/Kids_Pages.html and we regularly use Facebook and Twitter. We have also made several more films since the Ashby 2010 project finished and plan to go on doing so.
Ashby Museum was established in 1982 in a small cottage in Lower Church Street. In 1991 it relocated to its present home in North Street, where it shares the old National School building with the town Library and Tourist Information Centre. In 2006-7, thanks to a major Heritage Lottery Fund Grant, a two storey extension was added. It is a Registered Charity and is run by a group of trustees supported by over 50 volunteer custodians. It won the Leicestershire Heritage Award for best temporary exhibitions in 1998, 2001 and 2003. In July 2007, the museum won Museum of the Year in Leicestershire. It works closely with the county Museum Service and other independent museums in the area, sharing expertise and artefacts.