Sir George Beaumont 7th baronet was a prime mover in establishing the National Gallery which first opened its doors in 1824. In particular he donated 16 of his own paintings - by Claude, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Poussin and others - to start off the collection for the nation.
Local film-maker Wendy Freer from Pudding Bag Productions approached Coleorton Heritage Group last year for ideas about a film featuring Coleorton and we suggested the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery. Residents of Coleorton Hall kindly allowed filming in their apartment with actors playing Sir George and his wife Lady Margaret, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy and in the grounds with Sir George and John Constable, while he was sketching the Reynolds Cenotaph, later to be painted in oils.
We will be showing the film with talks about Sir George and the making of the film on Wednesday 6 March 2024 at Viscount Beaumont School, Coleorton. Doors open 6.30pm starts at 7.00pm; entry £4 inc coffee/tea and biscuits, pay-at-the-door. More >>
Opening times: Monday 11.00-16.00, Tuesday 11.00-16.00, Wednesday 11.00-13,30. Friday 11.00-16.00, Saturday 10.00-12.30. Closed Thursday and Sunday. Ashby Museum website >>
Ashby Museum has a "Villages" room with displays of photos, information and artefacts about some of the smaller villages around Ashby like Blackfordby, Packington and of course Coleorton. The permanent display for Coleorton was set up in 2010 with a large poster with general info about Coleorton and its history and in front a glass cabinet for further displays, including artefacts, drawings, maps, which is changed from time to time.
In addition there are free-standing display boards in the centre of the room which we have been invited to use as an exhibition area for 3 months until 31 March 2024 with the title: "Coleorton Past - a Village History".
Sir George Beaumont 11 bt at Coleorton
Sir George Beaumont 11 bt hunting jacket
Display of spar baubles at "Coleorton Past - a Village History" exhibition at Ashby Museum spring 2024. Some items loaned from Leicester Museum
These are informal get-togethers to identify places and faces in old photos. No need to book, just come along with your photos if you'd like help identifying people or places in them.
Next Sleuthing session is on Saturday mornings 10.30am 6th April at The New Inn, Peggs Green.
During the North West Leicestershire "Hello Heritage" fortnight on Saturday 9th September Coleorton Heritage Group held a mini-exhibition / open day at the Beaumont Centre on the topic of "How Coleorton people made their living".
County Studios at Outwoods Lane
On Sunday 10 September we took our mining displays to Snibston Colliery Open Day. There was a lot of interest in the old tools and Tudor-era shoe fragment - the children were especially fascinated - and also in our display about the New Lount Colliery.
We held a Table-top sale in the garden of the New Inn 12 noon - 3.00pm. Books, Jams, Chutneys, Bric-a-brac, Crafts & more to some funds to support our Coleorton Heritage work.
Saturday 8th October 2022 6.30pm at Viscount Beaumont's School, Coleorton
Presented by Coleorton Heritage Group. We talked about some of the monuments and memorials that have been erected in our village and consider why, what message they were intended to convey and how we see them now.
Our "Homes and buildings of Coleorton" exhibition last Saturday was a great success with a lot of enthusiastic input from local people poring over maps and also bringing information about their own houses. Shaelyn's House History project is starting off well.
The Heritage Goup and St Mary's parish congregation collaborated on two days of exhibitions and tours around the church building.
Each year North West Leicestershire sponsor Hello Heritage fortnight and work with local groups to bring heritage to villages and towns in North West Leicestershire. They provide information boards, designed by the local groups, to display around their locality. This year Coleorton heritage displayed 5 information boards. See them here >>
Thursday 15 and Sunday 18 September starting and finishing at Peggs Green Recreation Ground opposite The New Inn on Zion Hill. More >>.
Coleorton has more footpaths than any other parish in Leicestershire. We regularly organise guided walks around some of the historically interesting parts of Coleorton. Details on our History Walks page.
If you want to discover at your own pace you can follow the Coleorton Heritage Trail. Details and map also on the Walks page.
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We have launched "the Coleorton Blue Plaque" scheme to commemmorate buildings and sites in the village which have historic significance.
We have brought together some sources of information about social, family and economic history of Coleorton.
We publish articles in local press inc. Community Voice, St Mary's Church monthly email magazine and on the Coleorton website.