Local History Cafe

Local History Cafés are community based heritage and wellbeing get-togethers for over 50s. We work with heritage organisations to tackle social isolation and loneliness through stimulating events, shared interests & stories.

Each month groups meet for tea & cake, a heritage presentation and an activity.

Local History Café is a membership project for heritage organisations, developed by Beauty and Utility Arts, an Arts, Heritage, Health and Wellbeing social enterprise.

The project is funded by Museum Development East Midlands.

Local History Cafe 

What happens each month?

Each Local History Café session will welcome up to 10 guests. Some will use community transport and some will be able to make their own way in. Each guest joining us in November 2017 will be able to attend Local History Cafes up until June 2018, after which we will work with another group of people to make sure everyone has a turn.

While you are with us, we will talk with you about our other activities and what else might be happening in the community, especially with other heritage organisations to see if you would like us to introduce you.

There is a charge of £3 per person per month as a very small contribution towards costs. We ask for feedback during your visits so we can see how well projects work and report back to funders.

Our time each month will be spent as follows:

45 minutes – tea, cake and catching up

1 hour – heritage related presentation

45 minutes – taking part in a planned creative activity or more catching up

There is always a waiting list for Local History Cafes, so if you are not able to make one it’s important you let us know, especially if there is transport organised.

See below for dates and times.

The main contact for your Local History Café is:

Becky Gravener: 
01530 273629

Other ways to stay in touch:

Facebook group – search for Local History Café and ask to join

Twitter - @LocalHistoryCaf

Website - https://localhistorycafe.tumblr.com

E-Newsletter (with all Beauty and Utility Arts project information) - sign up at http://www.beautyandutilityarts.co.uk/contact/

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Vote for the History Cafe

We have been shortlisted for a public vote by Tesco's Bags of Help. Please vote during MArch and April to help us get the necessary funding to secure the Local History Cafe for our community.


Volunteer Project Co-ordinators needed, Local History Café

We are looking for two Volunteer Project Co-ordinators, starting in February 2018, to support Local History Cafes at Charnwood Museum in Loughborough and the Sir John Moore Foundation in Appleby Magna.



The Foundation hosts regular events throughout the year, including Comedy Nights, Music, Theatre and Performing Arts.

The building and it's grounds also provides an excellent and unique venue for hosting larger events, such as Weddings, Food Gusto, Summer Fayres.

There are no public events scheduled at the moment, but you can keep up-to-date by subscribing to out mailing list.