Wartime exhibition officially launched

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Bakewell Old House Museum officially opened the doors to their new satellite exhibition when Col Leslie Wright cut the ribbon to The Spirit of the 40s Collection, in the former Motorcycle Museum in Matlock Street.

Bakewell’s new mayor, Cllr Paul Morgans, was another of the guests of honour at the opening, where invited dignitaries from the Bakewell Historical Society heard a number of personal stories from the 40s before the ribbon-cutting by Col Wright.

The Spirit of the 40’s exhibition extends the Historical Society’s main collection housed at The Old House Museum, with artefacts from the Home Front and battlefields of both World Wars and has been brought together from the museum’s archive, as well as items loaned for display from individuals and collectors across Derbyshire.

George Challenger, chair of the museum committee, said: “It has been wonderful how people have shared their memories of the 40s and loaned things from that period to help make this such an interesting new museum”.

The Mayor of Bakewell, Cllr Paul Morgans added: “It was a privilege to attend the opening of Bakewell’s new museum, especially as it was one of my first engagements as the town’s new mayor. I found the 1940s exhibition, which was lovingly put together, really interesting and would highly recommend it to everyone”.

Visitors are also being encouraged to share their own family memories of the period and the museum is already starting to collate a wide variety of personal anecdotes from across the country.

The Spirit of the 40’s collection is open on Matlock Street between 10.30am and 4pm from Friday to Monday until November. Admission is £2 for adults and 50p for children