Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects

Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects Blog

Have you got the bottle?

We are gearing up for an unusual event later this month.  As part of the Ashby Arts Festival, the Museum is hosting a bottle drawing workshop.  Not dull old milk bottles mind you, really interesting old bottles of different shapes and sizes from a large collection donated by the parents of David Jaques, a young man who was tragically killed in a motor cycle accident some years ago.

Local artist Di Lorriman will be on hand to assist and offer expert tips and hints.  The workshop runs from 9.30 to 12.30 on Tuesday 28th May and entry is completely free.  You can book a one hour slot at Ashby Tourist Information Centre. All materials are also provided free of charge but we are hoping participants will donate their work to the museum so that it can form part of a temporary exhibition which will include the bottles themselves.  This is the first time part of the collection will have been on show to the public and is part of a campaign to get more of the collection out of the archives and into the open!

Another part of that same campaign took place last night when Ashby Writers’ Club visited the Museum and were allowed to look round the archives as well as the Museum itself.  They chose objects which interested them to handle and photograph so that they can use them to inspire stories and poems.  We are really excited about this project and look forward to seeing the results which we hope to make available in one form or another.  Lots of ideas for doing that are being floated but we will have to see what the authors themselves would like to do.

Another exciting night lies ahead next week when we visit the Rising Stars TV & Film School again.  This time we are taking reproduction objects and costumes from the 17th century and the students are going to improvise scenes which will explore the experiences of ordinary people in Ashby during the English Civil War.  We are hoping that later in the summer this work will form part of a film which we will make about the English Civil War in Ashby.  After all, Ashby was really at the centre of the action back then with the siege of the Castle etc.

The first of our public guided walks takes place next week on Tuesday 21st May at 7pm from the Museum.  These walks are very popular so make sure you book a place as they are limited to 25 participants.

Finally, an exhibition of Di Lorriman’s 26 colour cartoon paintings of Ashby history will be on show for two weeks from Saturday 25th May as part of Ashby Arts Festival.  Although copies of these wonderful pictures have been on show for some time at floor level for young children, this will be the first time the originals have been on show to the public and they will be at adult height so that you can enjoy all the fascinating details.  If you want to take one away with you, copies are on sale in the Museum shop.

The copyright of this image belongs to Di Lorriman. Please do not make copies.

 

 

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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.

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