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Community Curators

The Participation team invites and empowers local people and groups to explore and share their connection to culture in ways which work for them and all involved.

Community Curator projects offer the opportunity for participants to define their goals and decide how activities are designed, delivered, enjoyed and shared. With professional support the aim is to facilitate a co-designed and co-curated project. There are many ways people have chosen to express this including museum exhibitions, heritage trails hosted at libraries, events and festivals.

Aside these outcomes we also hope to understand ourselves and each other better, respect each other more, let our experiences, opinions and values be heard, harness our passions and interests, keep our heritage and culture alive and develop new skills.

Culture is our past, our present and our future. It’s what we have inherited, what we are experiencing now and what we would like to see remembered. It’s myths and legends, faiths and religion, buildings, villages, cities and landscapes, art, dance, music and food, treasured and meaningful objects and possessions, values, beliefs and memories.

Community Curators is changing the way culture is interpreted, experienced and enjoyed by our communities for our communities! Together we are creating projects which explore and share what’s really important to the people of Leicestershire using culture as the catalyst.

Simply Sounds

Happy, sad, excited, motivated, spiritual, uplifted. Sounds make us feel all of these and more…but can it help with reminiscence? As part of the Unlocking Sounds project we want...

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Market 800

Market 800 is a partnership project between Leicestershire County Council and Charnwood Borough Council, with Loughborough Local Studies Volunteers leading on the historical research to bring historical records and local...

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Cultural Ambassadors

Our Cultural  Ambassadors - a successful partnership between learning and volunteering. Leicestershire County Council’s Adult Learning Service (LALS) supports local people with multiple and complex learning disabilities through Independent Living and Skills for Life courses.

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DoYouSeeWhatISee? is a project which comes from the hearts and souls of the people of Loughborough. It takes a new look at history, heritage and culture through the eyes of local people. The final exhibition will be hosted at the wonderful Charnwood Museum.

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1485 around the world by the Bosworth Explorers

This adult learning group, based at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, is currently working on the project ‘1485 Around the World’. Explorers is their name…exploring is their game!

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Project Digby

Project Digby was an exciting autism-friendly volunteering project, at the 1620s House and Garden, run in partnership with Autism East Midlands.  The project was created in response to an existing volunteer, who was struggling to find suitable heritage opportunities for her daughter.

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Anand Mangal

Memories of Migration and the Partition of India - what an amazing group of women! Local ladies of South Asian heritage, mostly aged over 60, have been working in partnership with Loughborough University exploring South Asian memories of Partition in the UK and their relevance to contemporary life.

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