Her­itage Cen­tre gets go ahead to ex­pand its rail­way mu­seum

Boost for Mountsor­rel and Roth­ley Com­mu­nity Her­itage

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - ANDY RUSH andy.rush@reach­plc.com

MOUNTSOR­REL and Roth­ley Com­mu­nity Her­itage Cen­tre has been granted plan­ning per­mis­sion to ex­tend its pop­u­lar rail­way mu­seum.

Built by com­mu­nity vol­un­teers to en­cour­age vis­i­tors to learn about lo­cal his­tory and wildlife, the not-for-profit her­itage cen­tre has gone from strength to strength since open­ing in March 2016 and now at­tracts more than 123,000 vis­i­tors a year.

And now an ap­peal has been launched to find the £18,000 needed to make the mu­seum ex­ten­sion a re­al­ity.

The to­tal cost of the project is £50,000 and £17,500 has been do­nated al­ready. If £18,000 can be found in do­na­tions by the end of the year they can claim match fund­ing in gift .

Her­itage Cen­tre man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steve Cramp said: “It’s been won­der­ful to see so many vis­i­tors learn­ing whilst they are en­joy­ing them­selves. We are al­ways striv­ing to in­tro­duce new ar­eas of in­ter­est with more to see and do.

“There are some won­der­ful ex­hibits to see in the rail­way mu­seum, such as a rail­way coach built in 1888 that would have run on the nearby Great Cen­tral Rail­way. We have strug­gled for space to care for and re­store the ex­hibits though.

“Sand­ing down and paint­ing means that the mu­seum ex­hibits get dusty and it is dif­fi­cult for us to at­tract the re­ally high-pro­file ex­hibits vis­i­tors would like to see.

“We are very for­tu­nate to have a donor who has promised to match fund all do­na­tions that are re­ceived up un­til the end of the year!

“This means that ev­ery pound do­nated is worth two pounds to the project!

If we can claim gift aid on the do­na­tion then that also dou­bles as well.

“It’s free to visit the Her­itage Cen­tre so we hope that the pub­lic will sup­port our ap­peal and al­low the ex­ten­sion to be built as soon as pos­si­ble.”

The ex­ten­sion will see the rail­way mu­seum build­ing in­crease in size by over 50 per cent. The new area cre­ated will form a ded­i­cated restora­tion space sep­a­rate from the ex­hibit dis­play area, cre­at­ing al­most dou­ble the space for ex­hibits to be dis­played to the pub­lic.

De Mont­fort Univer­sity Le­ices­ter (DMU) in­te­rior de­sign stu­dents will be de­sign­ing the mu­seum space.

Steve added: “Not only will this al­low the ex­hibits to be dis­played as ef­fec­tively DMU stu­dents as pos­si­ble, to gain it ex­pe­ri­ence will also help of real de­sign projects and to see their de­signs come to life.” Nicky Hard­ing, se­nior lec­turer with DMU’s In­te­rior De­sign pro­gramme said: “It will be won­der­ful to be able to work with the Her­itage Cen­tre vol­un­teers on both this project and the in­te­rior de­sign for the cen­tre’s up­com­ing Dis­cov­ery Ed­u­ca­tion Build­ing.

“These op­por­tu­ni­ties help to give our stu­dents valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence, which helps to in­crease their em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties when they grad­u­ate.”

Fur­ther de­tails of how to do­nate can be found at the Her­itage Cen­tre web­site http://her­itage-cen­tre.co.uk/news/rail­way-mu­seum-ex­ten­sion

Mountsor­rel and Roth­ley Com­mu­nity Her­itage Cen­tre’s rail­way mu­seum.

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