What are Local History Cafes?

Local History Cafés are community based heritage and wellbeing get-togethers for over 50s at risk of or experiencing social isolation or loneliness. Cafes involve sharing memories and life long learning, and each cafe is shaped by the interests of its participants.


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

Local History Cafes are evaluated by De Montfort University’s Leicester Academy for the Centre of Ageing (LASA).

Local History Café is a membership initiative founded by Crafting Relationships, funded by Museum Development East Midlands and others.

Through a package of training and support, Crafting Relationships support members to explore values, social action and agency, ensuring Local History Cafes are embedded in to an organisations approaches. 

Current members are: Calke Abbey, Charnwood Museum, Erewash Museum, Melton Carnegie Museum, the Sir John Moore Foundation, University Hospitals Leicester.

Take a look at the main Local History Cafe website by right clicking this link to open a new tab.