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Projects

Unique projects see us at the hearts of Leicestershire communities. We are here to inspire, bring plans to life and to show where to go next.

Our projects are community inspired and led. Participants have embraced the opportunity to define their goals and decide how activities are designed, delivered, enjoyed and shared. There are many ways people have chosen to express this including exhibitions, film, heritage and trails hosted at museums, libraries, heritage centres, events and festivals.

Our projects aim to change the way culture is interpreted, experienced and enjoyed by our communities for our communities!

Sikh Herstories

Sikh Community Curators are working with Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre to explore the heritage and culture of Sikh women in history.

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Coalville Nature Garden

Funded by Natural England and Libraries Connected, a Nature Youth Group at Coalville Library has learnt about nature connectedness, eco-awareness and library garden design.

Find out more about 'Coalville Nature Garden'

Harborough at Work

Earning a Living in a Ladybird World Harborough at Work is a family friendly exhibition looking at the Ladybird Books series ‘People at Work’. This exhibition considers how occupations and...

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Creative Expressions in Libraries

As part of our funding from Arts Councils England we’re excited to be developing community projects aimed at children and families, across our Leicestershire Libraries.

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Foxton Creates

As a National Portfolio Organisation we are funded by Arts Council England to work with an independent museum on our Community Curators strand of work. We are delighted to work...

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Cultural Youth Forum

We are Leicestershire County Council’s Cultural Youth Forum, and our mission is to help make heritage, libraries and cultural activities more relevant and interesting to other young people!

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1485 Around the World

1485 was the year Leicestershire experienced the Battle of Bosworth, but what was happening around the world during that period?

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Visioning a Cultural Data Strategy: a Symposium of Creative Approaches

Introduction and programme  Amanda Hanton, Audience Development Manager, Leicestershire County Council, Daniel. H. Mutibwa, Associate Professor of Creative Industries and Digital Culture, University of Nottingham Live illustration of the day...

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Reading Well with Ivanhoe School

Reading Well with Ivanhoe School We recently worked with a fantastic group of Year 8 & 9 pupils from Ivanhoe School in Ashby-De-La-Zouch, promoting the Reading Well for Teens book...

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m’Other – We are Artists, we became mothers… …and we are still artists

M’Other Art is a new and unique interventional exhibition to celebrate artists mothers.

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Hijaz Trust. A Tale of Two Reinterments

‘A Tale of Two Re-interments’ is an exhibition at Bosworth Battlefield Centre which reveals the similarities between Richard III and His Eminence Murshid Muhammad Abdul Wahab Siddiqi (RA).

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Visioning a Cultural and Creative County (VCCC) Summer Project Day

On Tuesday 11th July 2023 at the University of Leicester we hosted the Visioning a Creative and Cultural County (VCCC) Summer Project Day in partnership with Nottingham University and Creative Leicestershire. Over seventy...

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We Are Harborough, We Are Our Home!

Over summer 2023 the people of Harborough created a Cloth House with Danielle Vaughan, our new Artist in Residence at Harborough Museum. ‘We Are Our Home’ is a Community Curators...

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We Are Harborough

A community led exhibition celebrating what makes the Harborough district special to the people who call it home.

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Reminiscence Sessions at Coalville Library

Reminiscence Sessions at Coalville Our Reminiscence project at Coalville library was a fantastic opportunity for participants living with dementia, and their carers, to reminisce and connect to memory through museum...

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Story Explorers

Working together with community groups, we have created resources that will aid in engaging families in stories. From the smallest babies up to the biggest teen, we have developed something for everyone!

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Loughborough Welcomes…. Our Community Garland Project

  The Re-building Lives exhibition at Charnwood Museum commemorates the 50th anniversary of the expulsion of Asian people from Uganda in 1972 by President Idi Amin. 27,000 people arrived in...

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Bosworth Medieval Festival Community Board

We are always looking to improve our events and exhibitions and enlisted the help of some not-so-secret-shoppers at the 2022 Bosworth Medieval Festival!

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Uganda 50

2022 marks 50 years since all the Asian people living in Uganda were forced to leave their homeland. Charnwood Museum will be hosting an exhibition called Rebuilding Lives exploring stories of local people who started new lives in Loughborough.

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Traveller and Gypsy Heritage Project

We are working with members of the Traveller and Gypsy Communities in and around Market Harborough to co-curate brand new museum exhibitions.

Find out more about 'Traveller and Gypsy Heritage Project'
A man in a wheelchair in front of a canal boat at foxton canal museum

Foxton Canal Museum – ‘Through the eyes of…’  short films

We were delighted to work with Foxton Canal Museum to interpret the museum through films from the local community.

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My Books, My Story

Our exhibition at the Highcross Shopping Centre was a huge success. Visitors were blown away by the artwork produced, and were so inspired and moved by the wonderful quotes from the children and young people that accompanied the art.

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Anand Mangal

Local ladies of South Asian heritage, mostly aged over 60, have been working in partnership with Loughborough University exploring South Asian memories of Partition and their relevance to contemporary life.

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A group of Brookfield Great Glen residents smiling at the camera

Brookfield – Great Glen

A unique wellbeing project for adults with disabilities and/or autism who live at LCC's Great Glen Independent Living accommodation.

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Community Curators Virtual Museum

Take a virtual tour of these amazing exhibitions developed by local people which include 'BLM Too!' and 'Do You See What I See'? The first of its kind!

Find out more about 'Community Curators Virtual Museum'

Musical Bin Dippers

The Musical Bin Dippers project at South Wigston was formed in response to the need in the area for activities for parents and young children.

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A woman with Down's syndrome smiling at the camera and colouring in a illustration

Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Charnwood

The Local History Volunteer Group are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with an exhibition at Charnwood Museum. They’ve been putting their research skills to the test to find out more...

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Market Harborough Jubilee Workshops

To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee we are excited to share the memories of individuals living in Market Harborough who are of the Queen's generation.

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Black Lives Matter Too!

On the 25th May 2020, in the middle of a global pandemic, a white police officer in Minnesota, USA, knelt on George Floyd’s neck for 8 mins and 46 seconds...

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Syston Library Family Engagement

We are excited to be working on a project with Syston Library, exploring the ways in which the library engages with local families.

Find out more about 'Syston Library Family Engagement'
Black and white photo collage of participants in the People's Gallery

People’s Gallery

Objects have a meaning far beyond their financial and material value. They become something different when we know the personal stories and emotions behind them. This gallery was inspired by...

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Quorn Community Library

QuornArt22 community project is a celebration and lasting record of village life in 2022, as seen by those who live, study and volunteer in Quorn.

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Group members sat around a craft table

Sileby Good Companions Group

Sileby Good Companions is a weekly social group which launched at Sileby Community Library in February 2022.

Find out more about 'Sileby Good Companions Group'

Braunstone Town Community Library

The team at Braunstone Town Community Library worked collaboratively with their community and local partners to develop strands of creative and cultural activity that brought people together.

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Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

This project aims to preserve and provide access to as much as possible of the nation's rare and unique sound recordings. It is a partnership led by the British Library, with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Group members sat around the computers in the library and taking notes

Desford Community Library Family History Group

In January 2022, the Participation Team met with Desford Community Library, the Local Area Coordinator and VASL Support for Carers to understand how funding from the Cultural Communities Network programme could support the health and wellbeing of individuals living in Desford with caring responsibilities.

Find out more about 'Desford Community Library Family History Group'

DoYouSeeWhatISee? South Wigston

Do You See What I See? in South Wigston was developed to explore the heritage of South Wigston through the eyes of local people.

Find out more about 'DoYouSeeWhatISee? South Wigston'

Glen Hills Together!

Glen Hills Community Library developed volunteer and community led projects aimed at bringing people in the Glen Parva Parish together through creative and cultural activity.

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Great Glen Community Library – Engagement Event

On Saturday 5th November 2021, Great Glen Community Library volunteers and trustees with support from the Participation Team held a community engagement and volunteer recruitment event.

Find out more about 'Great Glen Community Library – Engagement Event'

South Wigston Parent-led Playgroup

South Wigston parent-led playgroup is an amazing legacy of the Bin Dippers family project that ran in 2020 after the first lockdown.

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Telephone Family History

When lockdown 3 hit in January 2021 we decided to set up a family history activity using the good old telephone!

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Zoom into Family History

We designed a series of family history sessions, aimed at beginners and delivered via zoom so people could meet, chat and be involved in a community activity whilst at home.

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Self-Care Sessions

Our Community Managed Library Volunteers were amazing through the pandemic and we felt we wanted to provide them with as much support as possible in continued recognition of this.

Find out more about 'Self-Care Sessions'

HMP Gartree Exhibition

Leicestershire Library Service are pleased to showcase the fantastic activity that has been taking place by members of the HMP Gartree reading community in response to a project developed by the BBC.

Find out more about 'HMP Gartree Exhibition'

Simply Sounds

Our sound collection is now available to inspire reminiscence and improve wellbeing. Please take a listen and enjoy!

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DoYouSeeWhatISee?

DoYouSeeWhatISee? is a project which comes from the hearts and souls of the people of Loughborough. It takes a new look at history, heritage and culture through the eyes of local people.

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Project Digby

Project Digby was an exciting autism-friendly volunteering project, at the 1620s House and Garden, run in partnership with Autism East Midlands.  The project was created in response to an existing volunteer, who was struggling to find suitable heritage opportunities for her daughter.

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Nurturing Reading for Pleasure in Children in Care

The team developed book and craft packages for all primary aged children in care during the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bespoke Cultural Activity for Children in Care

Our teams within Communities and Wellbeing join together to involve and inspire primary school aged children and their siblings and carers to access and use our local heritage venues and the resources they offer.

Find out more about 'Bespoke Cultural Activity for Children in Care'

Blooming Books

‘Blooming Books’, are centred around the importance of reading for pleasure, and sharing stories, when learning to read.

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Story Champions

Our valued Foster Carers are creating a bespoke training package that will aid in inspiring children and young people in care to read for pleasure. They will then share this with the wider fostering community.

Find out more about 'Story Champions'

Cultural Ambassadors

Our Cultural  Ambassadors - a successful partnership between learning and volunteering. Leicestershire County Council’s Adult Learning Service (LALS) supports local people with multiple and complex learning disabilities through Independent Living and Skills for Life courses.

Find out more about 'Cultural Ambassadors'

#CV19IsolatedbutInspired

A social media project to collate and curate videos representing how people are spending their time during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Market 800

2021 marks the 800th anniversary of Loughborough’s Market and Fair.

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The Secret History of Ladybird Books

In 2019 ‘The Secret History of Ladybird Books’ event took place at Charnwood Museum, in partnership with Loughborough University. The event was part of the national Being Human Festival 2019, the UK’s only national celebration of the humanities!

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My Magical Market, My Fantastical Fair!

170 school Charnwood primary school children took part in a exhibition which features on Loughborough Library windows in celebration of 800 years of the Market and Fair.

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