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The Hello Heritage fortnight has wrapped up now for 2017. This pilot has been a success!

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! 

We will be updating this page with some of the highlights of the various events. In the meantime, you can still view the newly launched Coalville heritage timeline. Just click on the link to view 200 years of Coalvile's history.  

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)


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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) 

What's going on at each venue?

Our leaflet highlights all the Hello Heritage locations in North West Leicestershire Hello Heritage leaflet (PDF Document, 1.11 Mb) It also tells you when the free access, event, tour or activity is available, along with contact details where you can obtain more information if required.

Why is Hello Heritage happening?

This is the first ever Hello Heritage fortnight to be organised by North West Leicestershire District Council. We want people to discover and enjoy 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. It also ties in with the national Heritage Open Days campaign which takes place from Thursday 7 September to Sunday 10 September. 

What are we saying 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, from one of the participating venues 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.” 

Sheila Sharpe, from Kegworth Museum, said: “On Sunday 10 September we will open for longer hours from 10am to 4pm and the theme for the day will be ‘Keeping the Cogs Turning’ which will share memories of Kegworth by Kegworth people.

“The theme reflects our village's original name ‘Cogeswode’ named for the ‘worth’ of a

 Danish settler named Kaggi-Kaggi, meaning red-bearded.  It also reflects the much missed Kegworth Carnival, its programme ‘The Cog’ - and the museum's own annual magazine ‘Cogwords’.

“Kegworth Museum invites all visitors to bring along their own memories of life in the village, which will then be used in future editions of Cogwords and form part of the museum's collection.”

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