Praise for work at Market Harborough’s library building

The new-look Harborough Library. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER) NNL-140704-203422003
The new-look Harborough Library. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER) NNL-140704-203422003

The first year for Harborough’s transformed library, museum and adult learning venture has been hailed as a success story.

One year on from a £5.75m transformation of a former corset factory in Adam and Eve Street, figures show that around 200,000 visits were made to The Symington Building, which also houses Harborough District Council’s offices.

Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for museums, believes the success of The Symington Building is a testament to the partnership work involving the county council, district council and Harborough Historical Society.

He said: “Everyone who works in the new space is proud to be there and we know visitors enjoy the experience because they make repeat visits.”

Rosita Page, HDC’s portfolio holder for communities, said: “We’ve learned so much from working together for the benefit of our communities.”

Market Harborough Historical Society has also played a pivotal role in the past 12 months and chairman David Johnson said: “We’re very keen to ensure the museum continues to play its role as an integral part of our community.”

The re-development of the first floor of The Symington Building started in February 2013 and the work has included a painstaking re-installation of the museum’s collections including the Hallaton Treasure and a temporary space to attract national touring exhibitions.

The funding for the new museum, library and adult learning space has come from the county and district council, as well as a generous contribution from the Market Harborough and The Bowdens Charity.

Further information on the museum and library is available at www.leics.gov.uk/symington.