LEDBURY HERITAGE CENTRE VOLUNTEERS
DROP IN SESSION 21st March 2020
‘Drop in’ at the Heritage Centre Saturday March 21st Ledbury Places is looking forward to welcoming local residents to the Heritage Centre ‘Drop-In’ in Church Lane Ledbury on Saturday 21st March between 10.00 and 2.00 and talk to volunteers who staff the museum 7 days a week for 7 months of the year. Free refreshment will be provided.
We also want help from our local residents who know lots about the town and how it has changed over the years. Our High Street display has been commented on by many visitors and has local residents taking walks down memory lane recognizing businesses that have helped make Ledbury a vibrant town over the years, as well as providing valuable information to us which can be used when the panorama is updated. Following the success of this panorama we have created one for the Homend, but we have gaps and queries. At our drop-in event we want to hear from you about the businesses that you remember occupying the Homend in the past. We can show you the information we have, where the gaps are, but nothing beats local knowledge. Please come and share your knowledge of our town and see what the Heritage Centre will be doing this season.
It goes without saying that the building can only be open throughout the season as a result of the efforts of our wonderful band of volunteers. There are over 50 at present but we have a few gaps to fill for the coming season. Support and training are provided and you don’t have to be an expert to play a valuable role at the Heritage Centre. If you have time on your hands and are looking to make a very worthwhile contribution to Ledbury and its heritage, please drop in and see us on March 21st or ring 01531 633637 for further details.
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.
A Present from Ledbury
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.