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.

View our film about Ann Ayre Hely here:


Ann's  Plaque

There is now a Green Plaque to Ann on the wall of Ravenstone Hospital.
More photographs of the unveiling here.

Primary School Resources 

Click here for a list of resources in the pack.

Click here for a description of how the resources fit into the National Curriculum.

Click here to download a zip file of the resource pack. (55 MB)


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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


Copies can also be bought at Ashby Tourist Information Centre.

The film was shown at Quick Flicks, our annual showcase event at The Venture Theatre, Ashby de la Zouch, on Saturday 27th May 2017 as part of the Ashby Arts Festival. This was a free event. Due to popular demand it was shown again at The Lyric Rooms, Ashby on 22nd June 2017. This was also a free event.

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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