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Town museum to open for first time after winter closure

PUBLISHED: 11:52 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:52 22 March 2018

Part of the Model Vehicles through the Ages display at the museum. PICTURE: Courtesy of Beccles and District Museum

Part of the Model Vehicles through the Ages display at the museum. PICTURE: Courtesy of Beccles and District Museum

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Beccles and District Museum will open its doors to visitors for the first time this year over Easter after a revamp.

Part of the Model Vehicles through the Ages display at the museum. PICTURE: Courtesy of Beccles and District MuseumPart of the Model Vehicles through the Ages display at the museum. PICTURE: Courtesy of Beccles and District Museum

Opening on Good Friday, March 30, the museum, at Leman House, Ballygate, will launch its first temporary exhibition of the year, Model Vehicles through the Ages.

The display will show the sort of vehicles that could be seen around the town between 1910 and 1970, with all the models loaned by Ray Perry who volunteers at the museum.

The exhibition promises to be an extremely comprehensive display, supported by pictures and factual information about the models on show.

The museum’s community display case in the lobby of Beccles Library also shows off more of Ray’s model collection.

Part of the Model Vehicles through the Ages display at the museum. PICTURE: Courtesy of Beccles and District MuseumPart of the Model Vehicles through the Ages display at the museum. PICTURE: Courtesy of Beccles and District Museum

From May 22 to July 15 , the exhibition will be Threading through Time. The Waveney Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild will be exhibiting embroidery inspired by the town of Beccles.

Then from July 17 to September 2, there will be an exhibition to explain and celebrate the work of the Beccles group of the Waveney River Trust who are restoring the lock at Geldeston.

The last exhibition of the season, from September 4 to October 31, will be A Town Fit for Heroes, the museum’s final First World War exhibition commemorating the end of the Great War. This will see the changes soldiers and nurses faced in 1919.

In addition, Jacqui Holmes and Christine Wheeler took over the running of the museum shop in November and after a comprehensive stock take have been refreshing what is on offer.

Souvenirs include bags, purses and fridge magnets, along with more blank cards, including a range from local card company Green Pebble, and a small selection of Shire books to tie in with the museum’s temporary exhibitions.

Anyone interested in putting on a small display in the library is asked to contact the curator of the museum via email to museummanager@btinternet.com.

Beccles Museum will be open from 1.45pm to 4.30pm daily, except on Mondays when it is closed, although on Bank Holidays the museum will open for the same period of time. Admission is free but donations are welcomed by the museum to maintain its displays.

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