Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects

Ashby de la Zouch Museum Digital Engagement Projects

All lathered up!

Well the most exciting news is that our project on the Standard Soap Company won the East Midlands Heritage Award in the Heart of the Community category.  What a night!  We were thrilled to win this award in its inaugural year, especially as the competition was open not just to Leicestershire and Rutland but to Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire as well and to professional as well as voluntary museums.  Two of the former employees from Standard Soap were present at the award ceremony.  It has been our pleasure and pride to be able to preserve this important piece of Ashby history which means so much to the people who worked at the factory.

Creative Writing is the current concern.  Offerings are coming in from Ashby Writers’ Club members who visited the museum archives last month and selected objects to write about.  We may be able to present some of them in a future post.  We are also eagerly awaiting entries to the Children’s Writing Competition.  The closing date is next Friday.

We have also been working very hard with Rising Stars TV & Film School students on our film dramatisation about life in Ashby in the Civil War.  Rehearsals have started and we will be filming during the school holidays in July and August.




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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.