Volunteers praised as new exhibition opens

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THE NEW-LOOK Foxton Canal Museum was re-opened following a renovation project.

The museum at the popular tourist spot has been transformed during the last two years, with improved access and new space created to house temporary exhibitions.

The first of those - about the history of British Waterways - was opened by the chairman of the organisation, Tony Hales.

Harborough District Council chairman David Beaty also attended the event on Monday, April 2, joined by representatives from Leicestershire County Council, British Waterways, other waterway museums, The Inland Waterways Association, and members of the Foxton Inclined Plain Trust.

Speeches were made praising the quality of the museum and the hard work of volunteers.

Trust vice-chairman Warren Dawson gave a brief report on the Trust’s work to promote the restoration of the boat lift at Foxton, for which they plan to submit a lottery bid.

Work at the museum in the last two years has seen the replacement of a spiral staircase to the mezzanine floor, new archive and research facilities and improvements to the shop display.

The new space can be used for meetings, music concerts and lectures in addition to the temporary exhibitions.

Mike Beech, museum keeper and company secretary of the Trust, said: “All of the work has been completed by our staff and volunteers who have put in a tremendous number of hours.

“Some of the volunteers brought great skill to the work, others have learnt from them.

“The new display covers the history of British Waterways, which is all within my lifetime. I was surprised how difficult it was to get some of the information.”

For more, visit www.fipt.org.uk.