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Coalville Timeline receives county heritage award

Coalville heritage timeline

The Coalville Timeline display on Hotel Street has won a Highly Commended Award from the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum for bringing heritage alive and making it accessible to people.

The timeline is a series of graphic panels on the development hoarding on Hotel Street, which tells the story of how Coalville developed over the last 250 years using pictures from the Coalville Heritage Society archive. It was produced in partnership between the Coalville Heritage Society and North West Leicestershire District Council, with the society providing the images, captions and expertise on local history and the council providing the planning support, design and funds to make it a reality.

Unveiled in May 2017 the timeline is divided into 10 year sections starting in around 1800 and has proved popular with people walking along Hotel Street, with many stopping to look at a particular picture or time period.

The timeline won the High Commended Award at the Annual Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum Awards event on Thursday 19 July held at the Century Theatre.

The timeline was up against seven other projects in the category, including Loughborough Library’s ‘The ‘Y’ Listeners of Beaumanor’, St Helen’s Heritage Project / St. Helen’s PCC in Ashby’s ‘Back in Time Project’, Melton Carnegie Museum’s ‘Painting the Town Red’, Diseworth Heritage Trust’s ‘The Heritage of Stitching and Knitting’, The Coalville Hero Project CIC’s ‘Films Celebrating Coalville’s Rich Heritage’ and The Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust’s ‘Rothley Big Dig’.

The overall winner was Pudding Bag Productions who produced a film about the history of Grace Dieu Priory called ‘The Unquiet Grave’.

Steve Duckworth, Chairman of the Coalville Heritage Society said of the timeline and award: “It is a very successful display, which is free to everyone, and really bring heritage to the people as it is located on the street.

“The award shows how successful a working partnership between the North West Leicestershire District Council and the local heritage society can be, with each organisation bringing their expertise and skills to a project which ultimately has been recognised by the wider heritage community of Leicestershire and Rutland.

“The Coalville Heritage Society looks forward to working with the district council on future heritage themed projects and hopefully will again get a regional acknowledgement.”

The Coalville Heritage Society is currently working with the North West Leicestershire District Council on the Coalville Clock Tower Project and has assisted with the exhibition banners around the base of the memorial as well as an oral history project capturing people’s memories of the clock tower, Memorial Square and the market, and giving support to the teachers and pupils at Belvoirdale Primary School who have also been actively involved with the project.

Published: Mon 6 August, 2018

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