New Charnwood Museum website launched

Published: Fri 16th April, 2021

A new website for Charnwood Museum has been launched thanks to Covid-19 recovery funding.

Charnwood Borough Council which operates the museum in partnership with Leicestershire County Council successfully applied for £10,000 of funding from the Museum Development East Midlands (MDEM) which supports the development of museums and heritage sites around the region.

The covid-19 recovery grants from MDEM aimed to support museums with effective reopening, meeting audience needs, and developing a sustainable offer in response to the crisis.

Charnwood Museum has used its grant to develop a new website which showcases what it has to offer. Website visitors will be able to find out about collections and exhibitions currently on display as well as host a range of online activities for all ages. The site will also host a series of short videos badged ‘The Chronicles of Charnia’ which explore the history of some of the key objects and stories featured in Charnwood Museum.

Sylvia Wright, head of leisure and culture at Charnwood Borough Council said: “As the country went into lockdown last year and the museum closed its doors to visitors, officers began adapting a wide range of activities and events for an online audience.

“It soon became clear the museum would benefit from its own website to enable audiences to continue engaging with the museum and its collections while our doors were closed.

“We were delighted to find out our application for the funding was successful and we are incredibly grateful to Museum Development East Midlands for their advice and support during the process.

“As the Government eases restrictions in line with its roadmap, we’re hopeful the museum will be able to welcome visitors back safely this summer however until its safe for us to reopen, the website offers a new online experience for visitors.”

Suzie Parr, Leicestershire County Council’s heritage manager said: “As key partners in Charnwood Museum, we are thrilled that the new website is being launched to engage existing and new audiences with our wonderful collections displayed in the museum and the many local stories they tell and to give opportunities for people to connect and take part in their heritage.”

Officers at Charnwood Museum have worked closely with a local web developer and the new website can be found at www.charnwoodmuseum.co.uk.

Charnwood Museum is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions but is planning to reopen in line with the Government’s roadmap from May 19.

For the latest updates and online activities, please visit the museum’s website or follow them on social media at @CharnwoodMuseum.