Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects

Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects

Education Education Education

We were very pleased to welcome Councillor Alison Smith and Goff Lewis from NW Leics to the Museum last Saturday afternoon. They came as part of a tour of venues in NW Leics who had been given awards in the last round of Heritage Awards so were particularly interested to hear about our monthly Kids’ History Club and the PenFriend audio trails.  They very much enjoyed their visit and left some nice comments in the visitors book!

Talking of PenFriend audio trails it looks as though we will be able to offer German as well as French before too long.  Italian and Spanish are also a possibility.

This week has seen the launch of our big push on Museum Education with information going into all the local primary schools about school visits and the Kids’ History club.  I hope to be going in to Ashby primary schools soon to do more on everything the Museum has to offer but we are hoping to attract more schools from the general area, not just Ashby.  We have some specially themed visits already prepared – Toys Old and New, World War II Home Front, Victorian Children,  Behind the Scenes at the Museum, to name but a few.  We can also tailor sessions to particular themes for schools if they request.

We are very excited about welcoming Donisthorpe Primary School Year 5 and 6 children to the Museum in October for a Second World War Home Front “Inspiration Day”.  Should be a really good day.

Talking of education, I have been sorting out the education cupboards at the Museum and have found some interesting things!  Fancy making your own talking book?  We’ll be having a go soon so look out for the results around the Museum.

Well, Monday sees us out on location filming the excavation at St Helens.  It has taken a while to set this up but I should be able to tell you more about it in the next post and there should even be some pictures!

Well done to the Friends of Ashby Museum who attracted a record audience to their Coffee Morning last Wednesday.  Visitors were entertained by Denis Baker of the Swannington Heritage Trust talking about the Leicester and Swannington Railway.  Tomorrow the Friends are holding a Free Open Day to show visitors what goes on at the Museum and how the Friends organisation has been able to support us over the past few years.


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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.