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Unique projects see us at the hearts of Leicestershire communities. We assist groups to realise the goals for their cultural activities and connect them with the people who can help. So, whether it’s putting together a community exhibition, or supporting heritage volunteering, we are there both to help bring plans to life and to show where to go next.

Where you see our Community Curators logo, these 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!

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.

Find out more about 'Unlocking Our Sound Heritage'

Blooming Books

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

Find out more about 'Blooming Books'


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

Find out more about '#CV19IsolatedbutInspired'

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'


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.

Find out more about 'DoYouSeeWhatISee?'

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.

Find out more about 'Project Digby'

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'

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.

Find out more about 'Nurturing Reading for Pleasure in Children in Care'

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!

Find out more about 'The Secret History of Ladybird Books'

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'

Market 800

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

Find out more about 'Market 800'