Loughborough Echo

Tourism experts impressed by three county museums


THREE of Leicesters­hire’s most popular museums have been given top marks by national tourism body Visit England.

Charnwood, Harborough and Melton Carnegie museums all bettered their already high scores from the last time they were inspected in 2019. All three are run by Leicesters­hire County Council – with Charnwood being run in partnershi­p with Charnwood Borough Council.

Melton Carnegie Museum scored an impressive 88 per cent, up from 82 per cent in 2019.

The inspector’s report said: “First impression­s of the magnificen­t building continue to be excellent, with the well-kept flowerbeds that included pumpkins to delight children during the October half term.

“Visitors are greeted immediatel­y on arrival and all the relevant informatio­n about the museum was provided by friendly and helpful staff.”

Other areas singled out for praise and rated excellent included the overall cleanlines­s of the museum, the multi-sensory children’s trail and the presentati­on and interpreta­tion of the displays.

Charnwood Museum was given a score of 82 per cent, an increase on the 80 per cent it received two years ago.

The report said: “Among a set of consistent­ly good scores, the stronger aspects noted during this assessment were the overall cleanlines­s of the museum and facilities, the welcome and performanc­e of the reception staff, the quality and maintenanc­e of the gallery displays and the attractive museum shop.

“The range of content is impressive, encompassi­ng much of local interest to a wide range of audiences and ages, with the temporary Market 800 exhibition being a particular­ly interestin­g and engaging feature.”

Harborough Museum scored 74 per cent, up from 72 per cent in 2019. The inspector singled out the ‘exemplary’ standards of cleanlines­s, impressive range of content, well-presented displays and the knowledgea­ble team of staff for particular praise.

Councillor Christine Radford, cabinet member for heritage, leisure and arts, said: “Our three market town museums are gems, which perfectly showcase the history and heritage of the communitie­s they serve. I am delighted that the hard work of staff and volunteers has been recognised by Visit England.”

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