The panoramic view of Ledbury’s High Street with a history of each building going back to the 1840s under the photographs has always been one of the most popular displays in the Heritage Centre. Now, thanks to the photography and design skills of one the Centre’s Volunteers, Pat Strauss, the display has been re-photographed and updated. It should be appearing in the Heritage Centre shortly.
Pat has been photographing the buildings of The Homend too, and fellow Volunteer Al Braithwaite has been researching the history of the various shops and businesses there, so we can expect another fascinating glimpse into Ledbury’s past before too long!
Engaging Younger Visitors
Following on from their very popular Lamb Quiz with its engaging drawings which has been delighting younger visitors to the Heritage Centre over the past year, Volunteers David and Jan West have devised another quiz sheet for slightly older children. The Discovery Trail features William, a Ledbury wool merchant and has questions and puzzles pitched at just the right level to engage the 7+ age group. The charming drawings have been done by David himself and local artist Gina Lincoln.
Engaging young minds is a goal of every museum, and reports from the Heritage Centre suggest that David and Jan have once again got it right, with children and their parents enjoying finding the answers to the questions posed.
- Thanks to two Ledbury Places Trustees, the Heritage Centre at the Old Grammar School has had a bit of a facelift! Alex Clive and Stuart Houghton have made and installed a new desk and shelving to house the growing range of ‘gifts from Ledbury’ that are on sale to raise money to help support this important and much-loved building. With their design skill and meticulous craftsmanship they have managed to make the new furniture look fresh and contemporary while fitting in with the old beams and ageless character of the building. Ledbury Places hopes that this will be the start of a gradual refurbishment of the Heritage Centre.
If you are looking for a gift with a local theme then do look at the range of locally designed and made gifts on sale in the Heritage Centre. As well a good range of greetings cards and postards there are also:
- Tea-towels printed with an old Ordnance Survey map of the area
- Locally made jams, jellies and chutneys from Dragon Orchard, Putley
- Fine bone chine mugs with photographs of some of the quirkier details of our town.
All the profits go to support the Heritage Centre, and help keep this beautiful and important building open so that it can be enjoyed by the people of Ledbury and visitors alike.