The Ashby de la Zouch – Pithiviers Twinning Association celebrated its 50th anniversay this month. 60 French guests came over for a long weekend and we joined them on the Sunday to film the events of the day. The weather started to get warm again so it was a perfect day for it. Plenty of good footage which we have now edited and put on the Museum website.
I made contact with the manager of The Hub in Ashby and set up a meeting which hopefully will allow us to involve more young people in our project. Mary has been busy filming some of the social activities put on by local churches.
We have also filmed some of the “leisure and hobby” groups such as The Art Club, the Historical Society and have made arrangements to film the Writers Club. We have yet to make contact with any sports groups but must do so soon.
Mary is also directing the next play at The Venture Theatre so it is an ideal opportunity to film a production from the audition stage through to the final dress rehearsal.
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.