Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum Award

Within my role as Project Director at Cotesbach Educational Trust

(July 2014 – November 2016)

On the evening of Thursday 21st July, Cotesbach Educational Trust had the privilege of attending the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum & Leicestershire County Council Heritage Awards at the University of Leicester’s Museum Studies Department.

The whole evening was a celebration of the wide ranging heritage work taking place across our local communities and all those who dedicate their time, hearts and energies in each of the 40 + organisations represented within the forum.

Despite stiff competition, Cotesbach Educational Trust was thrilled to win an award in the ‘Bringing Heritage Alive’ category. Our winning project was ‘Re-Writing the Archives’, an Arts Council England and Leicestershire County Council funded project, working with local Director Chris Hill, which ran throughout 2015.

Over a chilly weekend in January five professional UK writers delved in to our unique archive and each produced a short audio drama based on their discoveries. Plays were recorded by a professional acting ensemble and aired at vintage tea parties and on a specially designed microsite.

Katherine Brown, Project Director at Cotesbach Educational Trust said: “The Trust is over the moon to have received an award. We have over 6000 documents preserved within our archive and every one of them has a story to tell. By working with experienced creatives we have combined heritage and the arts to bring alive our work for a whole new audience. ”

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Image from a ‘Re-Writing the Archives’ 2015 vintage tea party, courtesy of Cotesbach Educational Trust

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