The Oscars went really well at Willesley School. The children were very excited (and so was I!) and everyone got an award for some aspect of their work. The teacher is so pleased with what the children got out of the project that they want to do it again some time either with this class or with next year’s Year 6 and I have said that I would be willing. She felt that bringing the children down to the Museum so that they could see the displays and learn about the history of the characters from them was really worthwhile and as I said to her on leaving this morning “There are now 19 more people in Ashby who know who Dolly Shepherd was!”
At last the Churches of Ashby is finished and on a DVD. Mary and I will be delivering a copy to each of the churches in Ashby this weekend.
Still more editing to do so … onward and upward!
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.