10 years of celebrating Rushden’s history at town museum

Sarah Peacock in the recreation of a World War One trench at the museum in 2014
Sarah Peacock in the recreation of a World War One trench at the museum in 2014

A popular museum will be celebrating its tenth anniversary when it opens for the new season next month.

Rushden Museum first opened to the public in 2006 and has since gone on to achieve many awards.

Another display at the museum in 2014

Another display at the museum in 2014

After having an extension in 2009 in the Old Stable Block at Rushden Hall, it has been able to put on more exhibitions and displays and there is a plaque to commemorate the completion of the extension and recognise Rushden Museum’s founder member Susan Hollowell.

Numerous schools from the area have taken part in displays and tours there and with visitors increasing each year, volunteers are looking forward to another good season in the museum’s tenth year.

The museum will be focusing on the First World War again and specifically looking at 1916.

The main display will be a field hospital from the Somme and they are again looking for items connected with hospitals of that period.

Committee members would love to hear from anyone who has any items which could be used in this display, which will also include a display of shops and buildings in Church Street.

The committee would also like to hear from anyone who is a private collector with a collection relating to this year who would like to put some or all of it on display.

As well as this display, a number of events are also due to take place throughout the anniversary year for members.

The new president from February 2016 to 2018 is Clive Wood, who will be holding an event later in the year.

A spokesman for the museum committee said: “We would like to thank Mr John Harley who is the retiring president for all his hard work.”

They also thanked everyone who has been involved at the museum during the past 10 years for all their hard work.

Volunteers and new members are always welcome, either to help set up displays or help when the museum opens.

Anyone who would like to help for a couple of hours per month and learn more about the town can contact Gill Hollis on 01933 314787 for more details.

The museum will be opened by Clive Wood at 2pm on Saturday, May 7.