Ravenstone Project

One of our latest projects is about Ravenstone Hospital historic almshouses.

The main outcome of the project will be a film which is partly about the history of the almshouses but focuses mainly on a former resident, Ann Ayre Hely (nee Bradshaw), who was born in the village and spent the last years of her life in the almshouses. She led a remarkable life in between, however, and became a nurse in the Crimean war. Although they did not work together, she was known to Florence Nightingale.

Photographs from the film:

Ann Hely is presented with her Royal Red Cross nursing medal

Ann Hely and Lady Cave Brown Cave

Ann Hely talks to a newspaper reporter about her life

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There is also a book about Ann Ayre Hely (see below) and there will be a temporary touring exhibition and a school resource pack

Ann Hely

To purchase a copy please email us on:

Copies can also be bought at Ashby Tourist Information Centre.

The film will be shown at Quick Flicks, our annual showcase event at The Venture Theatre, Ashby de la Zouch, on Saturday 27th May as part of the Ashby Arts Festival. This is a free event but seats need to be booked through Ashby Tourist Information Centre and will be available in the spring. Ashby TIC: 01530 411767..

The project has been funded by a grant from Leicestershire County Council Shire Grant Scheme.

Ann Hely shows the newspaper reporter round the hospital

Many more photographs from the film on our Facebook page.


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