Welcome To The Kegworth Heritage Centre

Welcome to The Kegworth Heritage Centre!

The Kegworth Heritage Centre (formerly The Kegworth Museum) is currently unable to open because of the restrictions on movement that have resulted from the global pandemic. However, we will be updating the website from time to time with information, updates and activities to help you break up the monotony of Netflix and BBC reruns.

Thank you for your continued support!

Welcome to our new KHC Trustee

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The best definition of serendipity is a “happy accident” but serendipity is not something we’re too accustomed to at Kegworth Heritage Centre. Usually our surprises are big, expensive, involve huge amounts of physical labour and force us to close the museum doors.

This week I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome a new person onto the team who was introduced to us through a happy accident. I don’t need to go into the details but I’m delighted to introduce Katie Christian who joined the KHC Management Committee as a trustee last Friday.

Katie is an independent Sales and Marketing professional with a huge amount of experience in the hospitality sector. She has worked for Best Western (Yew Lodge), Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Hallmark Hotels and Drayton Manor Park. If that part of her resumé isn’t impressive enough, what we’re really excited about is Katie’s experience working for English Heritage in Derbyshire, specifically at Bolsover Castle.

Katie is from Chesterfield but is a regular visitor to Kegworth. We’ve already been super-impressed by her ideas and suggestions especially as she is seeing the Heritage Centre from a completely new perspective. I only hope we can keep up with her!

2021 - Another New Beginning

In our last message at Christmas we hinted about some news things going on at KHC, and we are now in a position where we can explain a bit more.

The last three years have been very hard for all of us engaged with trying to keep the museum in business. We managed to overcome the challenge of fixing the building and we had secured a degree of financial stability for the first time in a while. And then came the pandemic and it has taken its toll on the personal health and well being of all of our trustees.

As mentioned previously, we have been working with Leicestershire County Council and a specialist consultant in the Heritage and Arts sector to build a plan to take us forward over the next few months and build a culture of sustainable change into the operations of the Heritage Centre so that we can stop putting out fires and focus on developing the museum as an important resource for the whole community, both within the village and beyond.

Effective immediately, there have been some changes to the Board of Trustees:

  • Sheila Sharpe has decided to step down from her role as Chairperson and also relinquish her position on the board. Sheila has been the public face of the museum for some years now and we are delighted that she will be continuing to support KHC as a volunteer, to help out with the collection and sharing her knowledge
  • Phil Stevens has also decided that he wants to take the opportunity to focus on other interests closer to his home near Wakefield, but like Sheila will still support the centre with the photographic collection where possible, and he will still continue to run the very popular Kegworth Remembered Facebook group

This leaves the three remaining trustees to develop and execute the new plan and drive the centre forward. Ally Gill will take on the role of acting chair, John Billett will continue in his role as Treasurer, and Diane Powell will become our Liaison Officer and take responsibility for the new volunteering plan. For the time being, we will share the responsibility of running KHC as we build the foundations for the future.

All three of us recognise the enormous contributions of both Sheila and Phil, especially during the last three years, often under very difficult circumstances. At the same time we’d also like to acknowledge the work of the other trustees who have left us over the past year or two for various reasons; Anna Silina, Pat Bosworth, Tamsin Croy and Bruno Amorim.

The first part of the new plan is aimed at making the museum a safe place for trustees, volunteers and guests once pandemic restrictions are lifted and we are able to gain full access to the building to be able to work. This involves drawing up new policies and operating procedures, including any necessary COVID-19 measures. Additionally, we are building a new campaign to attract volunteers to help us get organised for a small return to business as usual this year and for the 30th anniversary of the museum in 2022. And of course, we still have the hard graft of getting the collection re-organised following months of disruption from the building work. In parallel to these activities we shall be looking at new ways to generate income, get support from other organisations and looking to better integrate with other Kegworth organisations, rather than have us all compete for the same limited resources.

As always with KHC the next few months will be a challenge. But we believe that the roller-coaster that we’ve been on for the last four years is being replaced with a different ride; one with less thrills and spills and one that allows us a steady and more predictable way forward. Our vision of making KHC a community centre that we can all enjoy and benefit from is undiminished and we hope you will join and help us make that vision a reality.

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At A Glance - Website Changes

  • 2021-05-21 - Added Katie intro and changed photo on News section to improve load times
  • 2021-03-26 - Added a Capta to the contact us form to reduce spam
  • 2021-03-15 - Added news item about web hosting change and acknowledgement to Krystal as part of the T&Cs
  • 2021-03-14 - Published on Krystal servers for the first time - updated this log as a test/changed publish date in foster
  • 2021-02-27 - New trustee message. Hidden trustee page temporarily
  • 2021-01-01 - New Year Photo
  • 2020-12-21 - Christmas Messages
  • 2020-08-16 - Added first Lockdown Quiz
  • 2020-08-02 - Provided mechanism for users to send in feedback about the site. Changed the puzzle photo
  • 2020-07-19 - News about heating and new puzzle page (home page, new and events page, puzzle page)
  • 2020-06-20 - Added Duck Duck Go search facility
  • 2020-05-17 - Lockdown message added and other pages updated where necessary
  • 2019-10-15 - Ghost walk info added
  • 2019-09-28 - Significant behind the scenes enhancements. Switched to Stacks4. New toggle mechanism for users to hide content, new data privacy enhancement. Updated news and events sections
  • 2019-08-04 - Modifications to News and Events page - added 2019 Big Village Walk
  • 2019-06-30 - Updated links on about us page to include Kegworth Village Community page and Kegworth Library
  • 2019-06-16 - Thank you message added for Michael Bishop Foundation
  • 2019-05-18 - Users registration for FoKHC now operational
  • 2019-05-12 - FoFHC page now live.
  • 2019-05-12 - Sitelok software integrated into the website hosting system
  • 2019-05-12 - Initial membership page setup ready for proof of concept testing
  • 2019-04-17 - New communication items and updates
  • 2019-02-15 - Minor updates to event dates and some behind the scenes updates
  • 2019-01-08 - Rebuilt the advent calendar photo gallery with adaptive grid
  • 2019-01-07 - Reverted to pre-Christmas theme and updated trustee info for next meeting
  • 2019-01-02 - Modified Advent Calendar to photo gallery and updated associated widgets
  • 2018-12-24 - Added Christmas effects
  • 2018-12-17 - Add Social Media “Like” buttons to homepage
  • 2018-12-13 - Replaced stock contact us form with new customised page with Twitter and FB link options included
  • 2018-12-12 - Fixed problem of external links not opening in new tab/window
  • 2018-12-07 - Add new links drawer onto About Us page (connect to other Kegworth sites)
  • 2018-12-05 - Added info bar to home page to highlight new stories on the website
  • 2018-12-05 - Updated main text on homepage and modified building photo gallery for mobile devices
  • 2018-12-04 - Update about the building work in News and Events
  • 2018-12-01 - New special end of year message added
  • 2018-11-26 - Published Advent Calendar page
  • 2018-11-22 - Behind the scenes updates and SEO optimisation
  • 2018-11-17 - Added Google Translate facility with embedded widget
  • 2018-11-16 - Behind the scenes changes - new special page added and populated
  • 2018-11-15 - News update regarding building work on KHC floor
  • 2018-11-14 - General trustee info updates. Added Cloudflare SSL certificate
  • 2018-11-10 - Added preview facility for KHC trustees to view new pages
  • 2018-11-07 - KHC Admin now opens the KHC Samepage site. Local file resources have been removed
  • 2018-11-05 - Updated privacy message to refer to cookies
  • 2018-11-04 - Behind the scenes changes - new special message page in place
  • 2018-11-02 - Trustees page has message for mobile users to use landscape mode
  • 2018-10-31 - Update on Ghost walk. News box now scrollable
  • 2018-10-27 - Restyled Events page and updated content
  • 2018-10-26 - Minor cosmetic changes and inclusion of Reg Charity number in home page footer. Change to welcome message
  • 2018-10-26 - Site transferred to new hosting package and rebuilt. New stats analysis packages added
  • 2018-10-24 - Fixed error in Contact Us page (incorrect email address!)
  • 2018-10-23 - Miscellaneous general content updates. Collection content updated
  • 2018-10-17 - News/events updated. New photos incorporated into site
  • 2018-10-15 - Miscellaneous cosmetic changes
  • 2018-10-12 - Redesigned the Google maps section with private Maps API key
  • 2018-10-05 - Populated the filestore and changed default security
  • 2018-10-03 - Initial implementation of protected access to KHC filestore for trustee access only
  • 2018-10-02 - Added example data to the Collection page to show how information will be displayed
  • 2018-10-02 - Added working links to Facebook pages, groups and to email, modified theme link colours and removed theme default footer
  • 2018-10-02 - Merged News and Events pages. Fixed Google maps problem
  • 2018-10-01 - Changed Events dates from text to calendar icon
  • 2018-10-01 - Added location data to About Us and changed to scrollable content.
  • 2018-10-01 - Added example of how shop may look using Aspects of History - page still under construction
  • 2018-09-30 - New trustees page design allowing photos and biographies of trustees. Some trustee profiles added
  • 2018-09-20 - Added support for Google Analytics to monitor website usage
  • 2018-09-18 - Cosmetic improvements to various pages
  • 2018-09-17 - Modifications to announcements and changes layout. Split events into current and past
  • 2018-09-14 - Updated events and trustee pages
  • 2018-09-13 - Loaded initial content for About Us, Events and Trustees pages . Changes log added (this log)
  • 2018-09-12 - New KHC website published

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