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Warrington Folk Museum?


Tracey Bennett
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Yesterday I visited the Cambridge Folk Museum. It was opened by the WI in 1934 as they thought somewhere was needed to capture the memories of local people. Locals came forward and donated items, now they have over 20,000 exhibits. It's basically designed to capture the lives of ordinary people in the past, it's reflects the industries of the town (University, eel fishing, fen skating etc) and continues to work on projects with older residents to capture their memories. The local Council helped the WI to buy some premises to get started but other than that it's totally independent. It employs a small number of professional staff and they're supported by a large volunteer staff.

 

Wouldn't it be amazing if something similar were in Warrington? Housing all those artefacts currently languishing in storage (or car parks) exhibiting local artists, talking to local residents, recording local industry etc

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Such a good idea Tracey and I am sure there are tonnes of interesting exhibits lying around the town.  Also we still have plenty of living history that could be recorded and saved for posterity.  Perhaps the way to fund it would be for the relevant  Council officers to demand that in return for yet another change of use for Omega that the developers must build us a lovely space in which to house our museum.  Who knows, it could even enrich the soulless designs they are conming up with and in a tiny way pay the town back for the destruction of the historic hangars now sadly demolished.

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