Immingham Museum reopens doors to the past
HISTORIC artefacts will soon be available once again for visitors to feast upon – when a museum opens its doors in a new location.
Immingham Museum will officially reopen within the Civic Centre, in Pelham Road, on Thursday, November 1.
The move came after a decision was taken in April 2011, as reported, to close its previous building at the Resource Centre, in Margaret Street.
Curators are now adding the final touches to the exhibitions before reopening to the public.
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The Grimsby Telegraph was invited to a special preview, and we can reveal that visitors will be taken back to the Iron Age and along a journey to the 20th century.
Michael Lloyd, a guide for the museum, is looking forward to welcoming individuals, groups and schools to the new venue.
"The advantage we now have is that the museum is central in the town," he said.
"Before, people did not know we existed, so hopefully a lot more attention will be given and, in turn, more visitors will turn out.
"The museum is well worth a visit. We have various exhibitions on show and there are several activities for children to do.
"I think my favourite part of it all is the timeline we have as I enjoy showing people things from over 60 years ago which are no longer around."
Other items on display in the new museum include the reconstruction of a 1912 chemist and grocery, information about the air sea rescue service, the Pilgrim Fathers, transport which brought workforce into Immingham, historic telephones, Roman pottery and much more.
The museum, over two floors, is now situated at the rear of the Civic Centre. The entrance is off Washdyke Lane, which used to be an empty room.
In 2014, organisers hope to run a special exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Margaret Foulsham, deputy curator, said: "It has been a great move and we have worked very hard to get exhibitions up and running in such a short amount of time.
"In our previous location we already had plenty of schools visiting but our aim now will be to invite more groups.
"The impressive part about all this is that the majority of items within the museum were found in Immingham.
"I am looking forward to the official opening and people need to watch out for upcoming exhibitions in the future."