The websites below are of local attractions with which Ashby Museum has close ties and which you may find of interest. Click on the web address in brackets or the logo to access their website.
Ashby Canal Trust (www.ashbycanaltrust.co.uk)
The Ashby Canal Trust was formed to promote the restoration of the Ashby Canal from Snarestone to Moira, bringing together the various authorities and organisations with an interest in the canal. It comprises a Board of Directors with associated administrative assistance, and supports work parties, contributes to the ongoing restoration of the Snarestone to Measham length, and promotes the Moira Canal Festival.
Ashby Town Council (www.ashbydelazouch.info)
This ancient market town on the borders of Leicestershire and Derbyshire has always been well placed in the centre of a web of roads leading to most of the principal towns and cities in the Midlands.
Century of Stories (www.centuryofstories.org.uk)
A Century of Stories is a Heritage Lottery funded project which explores the social history surrounding the individual and shared legacy of the First World War. It will run from 2014 to 2018 and focus on how the deep-rooted social, cultural, community and individual consequences of the conflict still resonate in our society today. With professional research support, the project will empower local people to discover their own personal connection to the conflict and uncover how all of our stories combine to create the diverse and unique history of Leicestershire in the First World War.
Friends of Ashby Bathgrounds (www.bathgroundsfriends.com)
The Friends’ aim is to work and campaing to protect and improve the Bath Grounds in Ashby as a free, public access park and recreational facility for the benefit of the whole community.
Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum (http://www.lrhf.co.uk)
The Forum is an umbrella body for all museums and heritage organisations in the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland and the city of Leicester.
The National Forest (www.nationalforest.org)
The National Forest is one of the country's boldest environmental projects, transforming 200 square miles in the centre of England. It boasts many new attractions and forest-based activities and has stimulated many woodland-linked businesses. Whilst more than 200,000 people live in the Forest, it is also within just 90 minutes' journey time for about 10 million people and is open to all, with an increasing network of trails and recreational opportunities.
Pudding Bag Productions (http://wendyfreer.org.uk/index.html)
Pudding Bag Productions is a small community heritage group. It aims to explore, present and widen access to local history and heritage through film-making and other digital media.
Somewhere Nice to Go (http://www.goleicestershire.com/Ashby-and-Coalville)
North West Leicestershire is at the heart of The National Forest and home to East Midlands Airport with easy links to the major road network. For more information on North West Leicestershire visit Ashby Tourist Information Centre. The TIC is situated next door to the Museum.
Local Museums and Attractions
Ashby Castle is run by English Heritage. It features a medieval Manor House transformed into a late 15th century castle by William, Lord Hastings. There are an underground passage, a 75’ Tower climb and atmospheric ruined buildings to explore.
Castle Donington Museum (www.castledoningtonmuseum.org)
The Museum is run by a group of volunteers who mount a new exhibition each year. There is also an archive room with a large collection and research facilities.
Coleorton Heritage Group (www.coleorton.org.uk/heritagegroup)
The group has been concerned with recording and documenting local heritage and supporting various restoration projects. They have been involved in many activities and projects protecting and developing the heritage of Coleorton
Diseworth Heritage Trust (www.diseworthcentre.org)
The trust is based in the old Baptist Chapel in Lady Gate, and houses a small museum of artefacts, documents, pictures and memorabilia.
Grace Dieu Priory (www.gracedieupriory.org.uk)
The Friends of Grace Dieu Priory is made up of dedicated people who are interested in making sure that the Grace Dieu Priory ruins do not go into decline again. They oversee the site on a day-to-day basis .
The Magic Attic (www.magicattic.org.uk)
The Magic Attic is a large local history archive located at the Sharpe’s Heritage Centre on West Street, Swadlincote. The archive contains newspapers, photographs, maps, artefacts and family history and offers research facilities.
Swannington Heritage Trust (www.swannington-heritage.co.uk)
The Trust exists to preserve and enhance the legacy of the past for the benefit and enjoyment of people in the present. It maintains former mining and railway sites, a mill and 10 acres of woodland.
Whitwick Historical Group
The Group is based at the Old Station building in Whitwick. The building houses a large collection of resources, including photographs, documents and artefacts.