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The Grade I listed Sir John Moore School building.

Built and designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1697




The Foundation is a registered charity (Registered Charity Number 510484) and has been in existence since 1697.

Sir John Moore was a local entrepreneur who became Lord Mayor of London. He commissioned Christopher Wren to create a school for his local village. See more of the history of the building on the village website http://www.applebymagna.org.uk/appleby_history/history_tour_school.html

A major renovation was completed in 2004 and the Trust is responsible for the management and maintenance of the Grade I listed building, providing a home for the local primary school. Community access to the site is enhanced through a variety of cultural, leisure and educational events. These include; the Sir John Moore Heritage Centre - featuring a permenant exhibition of the school as it was in 1891 in the original dormitories; local exhibitions in the Community Gallery; scrap books and virtual access via the stables interactive reception; theatre and music events in the hall and the cellar; regular community activities - from zumba dance to youth club and much more!

The trustees raise funds through renting out office space and apartments, alongside encouraging the use of the site for private functions. All the income from functions, whether weddings, parties or corporate events, goes back into the charity to develop its community provision or care for the Grade 1 Listed building.

The charity also raises funds for specific projects through grants. This year the Charity has been successful in obtaining grants from a number of sources and the trustees would like to thank all the funders. Including:

Appleby Magna Parish Council, Big Lottery Fund, Leche Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, Find Your Talent, ESF, North West Leicestershire District Council, Leicestershire Councty Council, MLA East Midlands, Rennaissance East Midlands, LCC Big Society, North West Leicestershire District Council.

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We are proud to announce that we won 2 awards at this years Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage awards, one for 'Work with Children and Young People' and 'Museum of the year'. We would like to congratulate Susie and her team who have worked hard to achieve this.

Susie McGraw from the Sir John Moore Foundation said:

'The whole team including staff, volunteers and young people who work together to provide activities and to protect our amazing building are thrilled to receive these Heritage Awards. It is fantastic to have the work we do with all those in our community, particularly those who might not be typical museum visitors and those who are able to develop a new interest in their heritage, recognised in such a way'