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Community Museums Service

Leicestershire County Council's Community Museums Service provides advice and support to over 40 museums and organisations with around 1,000 volunteers between them. The Service help such organisations preserve and make accessible the history and heritage of the county  to the people of Leicestershire.

A Positive Impact on People's Lives

A Positive Impact on People's Lives - Front CoverThis publication from the Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Forum examines the positive ways that museums can impact on people's lives. It examines this in five key areas:
  • Strengtheneing Communities
  • Volunteering
  • Learning & skills Development
  • Economic Impact
  • Health & Wellbeing
Download the document here (PDF; 1.8mb)

Heritage Awards

Each year, Leicestershire County Council hosts an event to celebrate the work of the smaller museums across the county and in Rutland.
Most of the smaller museums are run entirely by volunteers who dedicate their time to preserving their local heritage and creating learning opportunities for their local communities.
Entries for the Heritage Awards come from museums across the counties and city and winners are selected by a panel of judges.
Find out more about the Heritage Awards including previous entrants and winners.
Heritage Awards Winners in 2012
Heritage Award Winners in 2012

Looking for a museum?

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Looking for a day out?
The Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Forum lists all member museums on its website.
Lots of Forum museums not only offer an interesting place to visit, but hold archives, oral history recordings and are an excellent starting point for researching your family history.
The Forum also provides help and advice and a support network for local museums.

Leicestershire Revealed

Leicestershire Revealed
Leicestershire Revealed is an online exhibition bringing together 100 objects from different museums across Leicestershire in an online exhibition. Objects reveal the history of Leicestershire's landscape, people and places.
You can view the exhibition here.

Information for Community Museums

This part of the website provides links to organisations providing advice and support that may be of use to community museums.

Working with Schools

Leicestershire & Rutland Museum Forum's guidelines to help small museums offer learning activities to schools and other groups

Page Last Updated: 3 August 2015