Awards (1991 - 2016)
Since 1998, Ashby Museum has usually entered for the annual Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Awards. This is not a primary aim of the Museum, but winning or being commended in a category gives an extra boost to our Volunteers. Knowing that professionals in the Museum and Heritage Service value our work and acknowledge the standards we are setting is obviously a bonus.
'From Reception to Access for All: Archives at Ashby Museum'
New Archives Group redefines, rearranges and reinvigorates the Museum's approach to collecting, interpreting, archiving, storing and sharing its Collection. 'Access for All' is the ultimate aim.
'Lest We Forget': The Fallen in the Great War
Ashby Museum led the reasearch into the men who died in the Great War 1914-1918. Their work was entered with other Groups for the second East Midlands Heritage Awards.
'Digital Resources in the Museum'
The increasing use of modes to catalogue both documents and artefacts; the use of 'Pen Friends' in both galleries - for the children's cartoons and the main information boards; the provision of a standalone computer for visitors to view our archives; the developments of the website, including the 'talking objects and short films; were all entered as a package.
'Heart of the Community: Standard Soap'
The Standard Soap company ceased production in 2011. Ashby Museum Film Unit interviewed employees for a DVD and an illustrated book was compiled to commemorate the closure. The project won the Heart of the Community Award at the inaugural East Midlands Heritage Awards.
On behalf of H.M. the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire presented an Award to Ashby Museum for service to the community. Another award was given by Leicestershire Promotions, for being a finalist in the Small Attractions of the Year county awards. The Museum also won a Highly Commended Award for a series of short films made by its Film Unit.
'A Monthly Kids' Club'
The Award was for setting up and successful running of a Kids' Club on Saturdays for much of the year. This was in addition to the Museum's more formal work with the local primary schools, both at the Museum and in the schools themselves.
'A cartoon History of Ashby for younger children'
All the cartoon pictures are accompanied by a sound recording. The recordings are designed to sound as if one of the children in the picture is speaking to the visitor,
'MUSEUM OF THE YEAR'
Not only did Ashby Museum win county Museum of the Year (for its Reminiscence Boxes, its archival work and its general refurbishment and improvements), but it was also Highly Commended for its work on its Collections.
The Museum was awarded a certificate by Voluntary Action Leicestershire in recognition of the volunteers' 25 years of service. In fact, the Museum had been open for 28 years by 2009.
As a result of a major building programme and extensive refurbishment, the Museum won the county Museum of the Year for the first time.
The Story of Earl Ferrers: Murder then Hanging
This was the second of three large tableaux displays which took up nearly the entire front Gallery. It was also to be the second Award given for the Best Exhibition.
Past and Present: Best Publication
In December 2001 the Museum launched the first issue of its annual magazine. It was followed by a second in June 2002. Since then it has gone from strength to strength.
This was the first single topic exhibition which used the whole of the main Gallery. It told the story of Ivanhoe in a series of units, with additional information about medieval life.
Ashby 1900 - 2000: A Centenary
A series of tableaux highlighted some of the major events and personalities over the past 100 Years. Included were the life histories of local residents representing each decade.
Best Publication: Napoleonic Prisoners of War
This illustrated A4 booklet of 48 pages was compiled by three Ashby local historians: Arthur Crane. Kenneth Hillier and David Jackson.
Ashby Cottage Hospital Centenary Exhibition
Ashby Museum won first place for the involvement of the community; the A Level students' projects; the loans from the Royal Infirmary, Leicester.
The 'new' Museum in North Street
The Museum moved from its old home in Lower Church Street, where it had been since 1982, to the canteen of the closed Infants School in North Street, between 1990 and 1991. Specifically made display cases and information blocks for new display boards helped it to win the First Prize in 1991.