Wednesday, 4 April 2012
GRAND OFFICIAL OPENING of Hyndburn Heritage Museum at The Market Hall
From Angela @ Hyndburn Heritage & Community Group
Members of our group are all volunteers from within our local community. We are a non-profit making non-commercial group who are establishing a heritage museum for the community of the borough of Hyndburn. Our main objective is to, “to advance the education of the community of Hyndburn regarding the heritage of Hyndburn and in particular by the establishment and maintenance of a public museum.”
As a temporary residence we have been offered the use of two vacant units on the balcony of the Market Hall in Accrington and two vacant stall units downstairs in the Market Hall. We will display and exhibit articles and items of interest that have been offered to us, on loan or donated to us, by members of the community of Hyndburn. These are representative of our rich and diverse cultural, social and industrial heritage.
We believe that a museum should enable all visitors to have a ‘hands on’ interactive experience and to handle and explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment in line with the Museums Association’s code of ethics. On Saturday 7th April volunteer staff will be on hand to show and discuss the different displays and exhibits and we have a number of interactive activities in which our visitors can engage. The units will be staffed every day in the following week, except Monday. We have asked permission to continue to staff the units on at least each Friday and Saturday for a period of six months, without charge. This will give us valuable ‘breathing space’ to raise public awareness, as well as funds, whilst looking for a permanent home for Hyndburn Heritage Museum. This arrangement will also allow our community to enjoy and take full advantage of a museum in the meantime. We are awaiting a decision as to whether or not we will be afforded this invaluable opportunity.
Our first public meeting was held on 28th November 2011. We asked the community of Hyndburn if they believed there was a need for a heritage museum where our cultural and industrial heritage could be preserved and publicly celebrated. Come along to our opening celebrations and you’ll see from the items and exhibits loaned and generously donated by the public that they think we do.
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Forthcoming Event: Back by popular demand - Wednesday 25th April 2012: An Audience with Frank Watson ‘The Changing Face of Accrington Part 2 – The War Years’ – A lantern lecture followed by a Lancashire ‘Pie and Peas’ supper in The Hospitality Suite at Accrington Stanley, Livingstone Road, Accrington, BB5 5BX. 7:30pm Kick-off.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW £5.00 per person including supper. £4.00 for concessions inc students.