Remembering times gone by

Staff at Rushden Museum are looking for people to loan items from the 1950's to this year's new exhibition. Pictured are museum committee members Kay Collins (left) & Gill Hollis.

Staff at Rushden Museum are looking for people to loan items from the 1950's to this year's new exhibition. Pictured are museum committee members Kay Collins (left) & Gill Hollis.

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People are being urged to search through their attics and dig out their treasured belongings from the 1950s.

Rushden Museum is gearing up for its next season which runs from May to October and this year it will be concentrating on celebrating life in the 1950s.

Volunteers have picked the decade because it was when Elizabeth II became Queen and they hope it will tie in with this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Rushden Museum chairman Sarah Peacock said: “We’re hoping to create a little 1950s home area in the museum so we’re hoping people will lend us items of furniture like chairs or kitchen cabinets.

“It’s not a big space so we can’t take a lot but we think it should look good.

“We’re also appealing to people to lend us any photographs they have of Coronation street parties or other events and any memorabilia such as china.

“We’d also be very grateful to anyone who could lend us items from the period or possibly things like wedding photographs.”

As part of the exhibition there will be a display on the town’s council houses and the clinic in Hayway which were built during the decade.

This week the Friends of Rushden Museum will also hold its annual meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday at Rushden Hall.

It will give members, and anyone who wants to become a friend or a volunteer at the museum, the chance to hear about the museum’s successes over the past year.

After the meeting there will be a talk by Janice Arnold called My 1950s Childhood.

Anyone who can donate 1950s items to the museum can call 01933 317261.