Since 1954 The Friends of Leicester Museums have been active in supporting the museums of Leicester and Leicestershire with their work and activities.
What do the Friends do?
The work of the Friends includes a range of support to the museums and their staff. Previous and ongoing support includes providing refreshments at events and lunchtime concerts, cataloguing exhibits and opportunities to work with collections for example assisting with needlework repairs for costume exhibits at the Snibston Fashion Gallery.
Through fundraising activities the Friends also contribute towards the purchase of various items which contribute towards developing the museums collections and both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Recent support includes the Ernest Gimson exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, the Silver Hoard at Harborough Museum and towards events such as “Leicester and Me”.
The Friends have also recently made a financial contribution towards the development of the Melton Carnegie Museum website.
Museums need Friends!
We are always looking for new members to join the Friends, membership benefits include:
A welcome pack
Monthly meetings with guest speakers during the winter season
Visits to places of historical interest, gardens and art collections during the summer season
The opportunity to contribute to and become involved with your local museums
The Winter programme of guest speakers meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month between October and May at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. The meetings start at 7.30pm with refreshments and finish at approximately 9.15pm, with the opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the subject. These meetings often include short updates on recent museum events and activities.
Entrance to the meetings at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is through the side door on the Waterloo Way side of the Museum, with access to the car-park off Princess Road West to the rear of the Museum site. Free Parking is available for the meetings in the winter months, either at New Walk or on nearby street parking.
Non-members can also attend meetings, we are always happy to welcome all. For non-members there is a just a small charge of £2.00 to cover the expenses of the guest speaker.
How can I become a member?
Annual Membership per person is £9.00 with a further £3.00 for each additional member from the same address. If you are interested in joining us or to find out more about the Friends, please contact our Membership Secretary:
10 Church Road
0116 273 9710
Or contact The President:
9 Eton Close
0116 210 4143