Hopes are high for museum opening

Barry Owen of The Towcester Partnership in the nearly completed Towcester Museum galleries.'101007M-C547
Barry Owen of The Towcester Partnership in the nearly completed Towcester Museum galleries.'101007M-C547
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AFTER 15 years of planning and a number of false starts there are strong hopes the Towcester Museum will open this October.

The volunteers behind the project are now looking for more people to help run it and have planned a series of open events to explain more.

Martin Johns has been a trustee from the start of the project and said they have got to this stage through the hard work of volunteers.

He said: “It is unfortunate there will be a degree of scepticism, and it is understandable because it’s had several false starts and it’s difficult to recover from that.

“But while I wouldn’t stake my life on it, this time we think it is going to happen. And when it opens we have some exciting artefacts and people will see what all the hard work has been for.”

Mr Johns said by comparison on a visit to the Chipping Camden Museum with the Towcester and District History Society, he found their project took 20 years.

He added: “It has been a long haul and I’m sure people will have no idea the amount of effort put in by volunteers and trustees over that time.”

The museum in White Horse Yard, connecting Richmond Road and Watling Street, will trace the history of Towcester from the Iron Age, through the Romans then Civil War periods, to the coaching and modern era.

Open events will take place at Chantry House, Market Square, from 11am on Wednesday, August 29, and September 12.