Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects

Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects Blog

Back to school

Look out for our education team, hopefully coming to your school soon!  We are offering local schools the chance to ask us in to take an assembly which we will use to let you know what we can offer schools, children and families.  We aim to make the assembly as lively and as fun packed as possible with such things as:

  • role play with children participating
  • dressing up
  • cartoon images and other photographs
  • comical “Who wants to be a millionaire” style quiz with real objects – and real prizes (but not a million pounds – sorry!)
  • flyers for children and posters and information packs for schools

Look out for our promotion pack in your school post coming soon.

Museum Education

it’s the REAL THING!


Museum visits give children the chance to experience history through real objects.  Our dedicated education team can help to give your school Museum visit real WOW factor.


We can help you plan an activity session in the Museum to suit your requirements and topics.   Here are some examples of what we can do but we can tailor other sessions to suit you and your children.


Toys Old and New

World War II – The Home Front

Victorian Children

Behind the scenes at the Museum

Ashby then and now
(looking at maps and photographs new and old)

Ashby the Spa Town
(a look at Ashby Baths with follow up activities in school)

(This session aims to stimulate creative writing based on historical characters in the Museum who did “scary” or brave things.)

School visits to our Museum are free of charge!

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We’re bubbling with excitement!

Well the Olympics has been pretty exciting but we’re bubbling with excitement about our next temporary exhibition which opens on Tuesday because it’s all about the Standard Soap Company which closed in Ashby last Christmas after over 100 years of soap making in Ashby.

We’ve been posting some photographs from the staff photo album we’ve created on Facebook and it’s certainly attracting a lot of attention (I think at least one photo has officially “gone viral”!)  Former staff members have been enjoying the trip down memory lane and have been turning the Ashby Facebook page into a bit of chatroom which is lovely!

Looking forward to getting the exhibition up on Monday and also to welcoming former staff members to see it on Tuesday.  Hannah Moore, staff reporter from the Ashby and Coalville Times is due to call in too and will be writing a feature.  Sadly, for us, this will be the last time we see Hannah as she is off to London to do an MA in Broadcast Journalism.  Well, we knew she was too good to stay long on a small local paper.  We’ll miss her lots and we wish her all the best with her career.

We’ve also been keeping an eye on the archaeological dig which is going on at St Helens Church cottage and our Film Unit is making a film about it.

Following a very interesting course from Digital Welly about how to write Wikipedia articles and use QRpedia, we are in the process of producing our first Wikipedia article about Napoleonic prisoners of war in Ashby.  We’ll let you know when that’s up and running but at the moment there is too much else going on!

I hate to say it kids but it will soon be back to school time.  We are planning a major schools campaign in the autumn with our education team going in to local schools to take assembly and let schools know what we can offer in the way of school visits, out of school activities and general support for learning.  Our next Kids’ History Club will be 6th October when Steve Saunders will be leading a host of fun activities on the theme of the English Civil Wars.  Look out for a real life Civil War soldier who will be popping in and there will be chance for kids to join in with dressing up activities and crafts.


About this Sponsor

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.