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Volunteers to reopen museum

Nottingham’s Industrial Museum will reopen in March thanks to a group of volunteers.

The attraction is due to open on March 17 and will be run by a group of over 90 volunteers.

The project to reopen the museum has been run by Nottingham City Council and funded by the Adult and Community Learning Fund, the Skills Funding Agency and Arts Council England.

The Industrial Museum, in the stable block at Wollaton Park, tells the story of Nottingham’s rich industrial heritage and includes collections of transport, steam engines, agricultural machinery and technology. It also contains some of the most important lace making machinery, which put Nottingham on the textile map.

The group of volunteers will be involved in all aspects of the museum including taking care of the collections, marketing, research and site design.

They have also been given training to ensure they have the skills to run the site, and have been in touch with staff from another volunteer-run museum in Lincolnshire to pick up tips and advice.

Rebecca Wilson, one of the volunteers said: “I became involved with the Industrial Museum because I have a long held passion for Nottingham’s history, and this project is a great example of a community working together to show off its local heritage. We have great fun at the same time too!”

Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The reopening of the Industrial Museum will be a great achievement for the dedicated group of volunteers who are all working hard to reinstate the museum.

“Nottingham City Council recognises the importance of the city’s industrial heritage and it’s fantastic that we can revitalise the museum’s collections and make them fully accessible again.”

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