New museum set to open doors again

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Daventry’s museum is getting set for its grand re-opening after a major refit and redesign, aimed at telling the town’s history in a better way.

The museum, housed at Daventry Town Council’s offices in New Street officially opens at 11am on Saturday, September 14.

As part of the relaunch there will be satellite displays popping up around the town.

Back in January the museum closed its doors to the public to undergo the £125,000 transformation project, known as ‘Sharing Stories’.

As part of the work over the past few months volunteers at the museum have worked with youngsters at the town’s Phoenix Youth Centre in a pop-up shop in the High street to collect people’s memories, and portraits.

Project coordinator Jim Gravette said: “The thing is we wanted the museum to become a conversation, not a presentation.

“We want people to be involved in their history and give us their views and take on things.

“It was highlighted during the work we did with the Phoenix when a teenager found out about Daventry’s broadcasting history and then said to me ‘Daventry used to be able to broadcast to the world, but these days I struggle to get a decent mobile phone signal’. Others didn’t realise Daventry used to have a railway station.”

The new museum is broken down into topic areas covering things like work, communications, play and character.

The pop-up displays will include the door to the old town jail cells in Daventry Library’s crime section, and an old bike in the leisure centre foyer.

Mr Gravette said: “We want history not to be something in its own little ghetto at the museum, but something you stumble across in everyday life around the town.”