Shropshire museum hoping to celebrate birthday with 20,000th visitor

Oswestry Town Museum will celebrate its fourth birthday tomorrow and expects to be able to celebrate by welcoming its 20,000th visitor during the day.

Shropshire museum hoping to celebrate birthday with 20,000th visitor

Sherie Soper with one of the museum's 17th Century helmets

Oswestry Town Museum will celebrate its fourth birthday tomorrow and expects to be able to celebrate by welcoming its 20,000th visitor during the day.

Museum manager Mark Hignett said: “This means the museum has welcomed an average of 5,000 visitors a year, which is 2,000 more than was originally envisaged.

“The museum volunteers are also involved in a number of ancillary projects which last year saw a booklet published on the men from Oswestry who fought in the Crimean wars, the peninsular wars and at Waterloo, as well as the creation of the trench experience at Park Hall Countryside Experience.”

The museum is based in the Guildhall on Bailey Head, and is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 3.30pm.

Inside are three main exhibition rooms – the main exhibition room which has a timeline of the important historic events in Oswestry, a children’s activity room and research facilities; the judge’s chambers which contains an exhibition connected with the orthopaedic hospital at Gobowen and natural science collections; and the magistrates court with views over the castle and hill fort together with exhibitions related to Oswestry industries and clubs.

Mr Hignett said: “The Oswestry Museum Project came about through the work of the Heritage Open Days committee.”

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