Boom time for town museum

MORE than 31,000 visits were paid to Wellingborough Museum last year, more than nine per cent up on attendances in 2010.

A total of 31,642 visits were paid to the museum in 2011, almost three times the 12,968 attendances in its first year at Dulley’s Baths in 2007.

Robert Wharton, from the museum, said the increasing figures showed people were enjoying the events and exhibitions the museum was putting on.

He said: “We are very pleased with it. It’s clear we are doing the right thing. We are trying to run a serious museum but we enjoy it, which I think rubs off on people.

“I think we provide an amenity for the town. It’s free and we work very hard to make sure it’s free, with the shop and a lot of teas and coffees.”

Mr Wharton said people who hadn’t been to the museum before should go along and see that it is not a stuffy, boring place.

He said: “One of the things we are working on is our grass area outside. We have had a lot of activities out there and it gets people in.

“The important thing is to get people in and realise it’s not boring, we have fun things here.

“We get a lot of people who say ‘we’ve never been here before’ and we’ve been here for four years. We need to get people in.”

The museum already has a packed programme for 2012, including events for Holocaust Memorial Day and a visit from King Henry VIII in April for St George’s Day.

Mr Wharton said other projects in the works included all of the museum’s photographs being put onto a touchscreen for people to easily look through them.

The museum, in Castle Way, opens from 10am to 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday. For more information call 01933 276838.