Well our project is complete. We had a very enjoyable and successful evening on Wednesday March 2nd when an invited audience came to the Venture Theatre to see a 40 minute compilation of extracts from our films. The Mayor of Ashby attended and also the Chairman of Leicestershire County Council. We were also very pleased to see Sam and Alex from MuBu. We received lots of compliments and positive comment. One of the best came from Ashby’s Mayor who when the film finished was heard to remark “It makes you feel proud!”
On Saturday (today!) local people came along to see some of the complete project. Some of the people who attended the first session – 10.30 to 11.30 stayed on to see Part 2 so they must have enjoyed it! Not so many in the afternoon but still very pleased with the day.
Ashby 2010 Film for the Future about Life Today is now complete and will remain in the Museum archives for future generations to see. The Ashby Museum Film Unit will go on to make more films. We have already been invited to film a drug awareness debate being put on by the local youth lounge in March and we are planning a film about “Ashby The Spa Town” – but not until we have had a little rest!
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.