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16 Dec 2014

New network shines spotlight on Loughborough’s rich history and heritage

A new collaborative venture, the Loughborough History and Heritage Network – a joint initiative between Loughborough University, Charnwood Museum and members of the local community – will be launched this week, on Thursday 18 December.

The Network has been established to bring together individuals and groups with a shared interest in the heritage of Loughborough and Charnwood. Its website – – provides a platform through which people can share information and memories about local history.

The Network has been spearheaded by Alison Mott and Dr Robert Knight, from Loughborough University’s Department of History, Politics and International Relations, and Fiona Ure, Local Heritage Officer at Charnwood Museum.

“Every one of us knows stories from the past, either because we were there when events happened, or we’ve been told about them by friends and relatives,” says Alison. “We need to share these stories and cultural experiences to ensure they’re not lost to future generations. We’re hoping that the new Loughborough History and Heritage Network will become an easy-to-use resource for groups and local residents, both past and present.”

The Network brings together details of events happening around the region, contacts for local heritage organisations, and news and stories about Loughborough and Charnwood in the past.

Among the historical projects included on the site are Loughborough’s Great War, which provides a local perspective on World War One, and the current Ladybird Books exhibition at Charnwood Museum.

If you have any local history stories, you’re aware of any heritage projects, or you’d like to attend the launch of the Network, Alison Mott (T: 01509 228174, E: would love to hear from you.

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 14/218

Members of the media are invited to attend the launch of the Loughborough History and Heritage Website, which will be held on Thursday 18th December at 5.30 pm in the Brockington Building, Loughborough University (Lecture Theatre U020).

The Loughborough History and Heritage Network project is funded by The Higher Education Innovation Fund (Enterprise Project Grant). It is hosted by The Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough University in collaboration with Charnwood Museum.

About Loughborough University

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

Contact for all media enquiries

Hannah Baldwin
Head of PR
Loughborough University
T: 01509 222239