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The Hello Heritage fortnight has wrapped up now for 2017. This pilot has been a success! Read about it here: Debut Hello Heritage fortnight receives positive reception. 

A big thank you to all who took part, and the many who came out to learn more about North West Leicestershire's unique heritage offerings! 

You can still view for yourself 200 years of Coalvile's history, by clicking on the Coalville heritage timeline.

If you are out and about and fancy dropping in to some of our heritage centres there is a list of places to visit here: Museums and heritage, and also here: Places to visit

Who took part?

Organised by North West Leicestershire District Council, Hello Heritage aimed to showcase the history of the area by giving free – and sometimes exclusive – access to heritage locations. 

It ran for a fortnight from Friday 1 September to Sunday 17 September with lots going on around the district throughout.  Hello Heritage leaflet (PDF Document, 1.11 Mb)

We've had a great response from across the district and there were more than 15 venues, activities, events or tours to check out during Hello Heritage. 

Participants ranged from more well-known venues like Ashby Castle and Moira Furnace to hidden gems like Thringstone House, Coalville's Century Theatre, or the New Lount Colliery Heritage Trail.

Discover them all on our Hello Heritage leaflet (PDF Document, 1.11 Mb) 

Why was Hello Heritage happening?

This was the first ever Hello Heritage fortnight to be organised by North West Leicestershire District Council. We hope that people discovered and enjoyed the fantastic heritage venues across the district. We have a lot to be proud of in North West Leicestershire, and we have worked with all those taking part to showcase this over the Hello Heritage fortnight.

What we said about Hello Heritage?

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity to enjoy some of the real treasures of North West Leicestershire, and experience them in new and exciting ways. 

“We’ve been thrilled with the sheer number of venues that have signed up to take part, and hope families take the chance to explore and enjoy. 

“North West Leicestershire has a very proud history and culture – and we have hidden heritage on our doorstep. Hello Heritage fortnight is a real celebration of this.”

Thringstone houseNita Pearson, one of the organisors at Thringstone House, said: “Thringstone House was a farmhouse for generations and was bought by the philanthropist and social reformer Charles Booth in 1901 and extended.  It was then gifted to the village of Thringstone and surrounding villages in 1911 as the first ever community centre in England.

We are very pleased to welcome visitors to the centre for Hello Heritage to see a display on the life and works of Charles Booth, and also show people what our centre can offer.” 


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