Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects

Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects Blog

Let’s hear it for the Olympics

Well what an amazing opening ceremony!  Our far more modest exhibition to celebrate sport in Ashby starts on Tuesday 31st July and runs until 11th August.

After that we have the Standard Soap Factory exhibition.  This will be up and running by Tuesday 14th August.  We have prepared lots of old (and not so old) photographs of the factory and the staff over the past 40 years with some going back even further than that.  Soap making began in the 1890s in Ashby and we have one old photograph of the original factory on Tamworth Road and some drawings of the first factory on the site at the Callis.  There will also be some artefacts to see, a film and, of course, some soap!

Although it’s the school holidays we have not forgotten about school visits.  We are planning a whole new package of activities for schools which will be launched during the autumn term.  More information when available.

Meanwhile, enjoy the sunshine!


Sunshine all the way!

Nice to see the sun for a change isn’t?  The sun was certainly shining on Ashby de la Zouch Museum last Thursday night.  Steve Saunders won the award for Work with Children and Young People at the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage awards 2012.  The ceremony took place at Snibston Discovery Park.  The award recognised all his hard work running the Kids’ History Club every month.  They meet on the first Saturday with a different theme every month and lots of fun activities and things to do.  Steve is taking a break in August so the next club day will be September 1st and the theme will be the English Civil War.

Our Museum also got Highly Commended in the Best Project category at the same award ceremony for our new audio trails.  Using the RNIB PenFriend devices we have created four trails to help anyone who has trouble reading the text in the galleries.  There is a trail in English, an identical one in French (Ashby is twinned with Pithiviers in France), a cartoon trail for children and some “Ghost VOices from the Past” just to make things a bit more exciting!

At the same time as the Snibston ceremony was going on, there was another big “do” at Beaumanor Hall where the Museum was one of the community groups to be awarded one of the Lord Lieutenant’s Diamond Jubilee Award.

Plenty of other things going on too.  Ken Hillier is busy preparing the next temporary exhibition which opens on Monday 30th July – Sport in Ashby – Olympians one and all.  It will feature some of the many sports clubs in the towns and on show will be some rather interesting sporting items from the past!

Now that the top soil has been shifted, the archaeologists are moving in on the excavation site at St Helens Cottage garden this week and we’ll be there to shoot more materials for our film of the dig.  Already revealed is the base of some of the walls of the original grammar school dating back to the 16th century. See you next week!  They also expect to find traces of an older medieval building and the hopefully the contents of the all revealing cesspit!

See you next week.


A day at Ashby Show

Just back from Ashby Show where the Museum had a stand today.  Very lucky with the weather!  There was a steady amount of interest in the Museum stand and the Tombola sold out by 3 o clock!  Nice to have a teacher from a local primary school coming up to ask if we did school group visits and when I said I was planning to come in to assemblies in the autumn she was very enthusiastic!

Well, what do we have coming up this week?  I shall be calling in at the St Helens Cottage archaeological dig for an update.  We are making a film of the dig and the findings but it’s slow going as there is so much earth to shift before they get down to the archaeology.  Talking of archaeology, we have an extra Kids’ History Club this week on Saturday 21st July to celebrate the National Archaeology Festival.  Fun activities from 10am to 12 and 1 to 3pm. Come and have a “dig” in the archives.  Our helpers will be getting out various artifacts for visitors to investigate.

I have started going through all the photographs (about 400!) donated to the Museum by Standard Soap when their factory in Ashby closed at the end of last year.  We will be putting on a special exhibition about the company in August and there will be lots of photographs on show.

That’s all for now.  More news next week.


A Busy Day at the Museum

Very busy day at Ashby Museum today with 9 people attending an excellent course run by Rob of Digitalwelly and organised by Caroline of Renaissance East Midlands.  We learnt how to edit and create Wikipedia articles and how to use QRpedia.  I couldn’t believe how easy QRpedia is and it’s really really useful.  Create QR codes that lead to Wikipedia articles with little more than a couple of clicks!  Thanks to all those who attended and to Caroline for all the food.  We look forward to seeing all the new wiki articles!

Look out for Ashby Museum at Ashby Show on Sunday  Let’s hope the weather stays fine!


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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.