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Try out Foxton Museum for something different over holidays

Cathy Fleming trustee, Janet Slatter chairman of Leicestershire and Rutland Forum, Mike Beech curator, Mike Rook deputy chairman HDC and Lawrence Harrington. Front, Julie Mayer and Tony Wadsworth of BBC Radio Leicester at Foxton Museum

Cathy Fleming trustee, Janet Slatter chairman of Leicestershire and Rutland Forum, Mike Beech curator, Mike Rook deputy chairman HDC and Lawrence Harrington. Front, Julie Mayer and Tony Wadsworth of BBC Radio Leicester at Foxton Museum

Foxton Locks Canal Museum is introducing reduced prices for the school holidays.

Entry fees have been reduced to £2.50 for adults while under-16s can get in for free for the month of August.

This year marks the bicentenary of the opening of Foxton Locks and the Grand Union canal, and this year’s temporary museum display is A Very Grand Union covering those 200 years. It tells the story of how it was built against a backdrop of Napoleonic wars and talks of the many characters who lived along its banks.

It has been put together with the help of volunteers and the Old Union Canals Society’s archive. It features several pictures never publicly displayed before. There are also lots of interactive displays, a table where children can colour in pictures of the waterway and its Foxglove playboat.

Museum keeper Mike Beech said: “Many parents will be wondering or possibly dreading how long it will be until the age-old cry of ‘I’m bored’ is heard. We are coming to the rescue.”

Pictured above are, back, from left, museum trustee Cathy Fleming, Leicestershire and Rutland Forum chairman Janet Slatter, museum keeper Mike Beech, Harborough District Council deputy chairman Cllr Mike Rook and museum supporter Lawrence Harrington. Pictured front are museum supporters Julie Mayer and Tony Wadsworth.

 

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