Langwith museum is on the move

VOLUNTEERS at a Langwith museum are looking for a new home after being forced to leave their current base because of a lack of funds.

Langwith and Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre will close its doors at the village’s Methodist Church at the end of September.

But secretary Kath Sharpe says she hopes the centre will be in new premises by the end of the year.

“We have run out of money,” she said. “It costs too much to keep this building going.

“We are negotiating with the parish council about the possibility of using part of the village hall in Whaley Thorns but everything is on hold for now until their meetings begin again next month.”

The museum has been based at the church for around five years, and once the new base is up and running the centre can bid for new funding towards individual projects.

“We could get grants for projects but that does not pay to keep a roof over our heads,” Kath said.

Some of the artefacts at the museum will go under the hammer with those from chairman and local historian Tony Warrener’s private collection on Saturday, courtesy of Bamford’s Auctioneers of Derby.

But the collection of more than 2,500 pictures chronicling Langwith’s history will still be available on computer and family history classes will continue.

Langwith’s rich past includes a First World War munitions factory and its proud mining heritage.

For more information on the centre contact Mansfield 747601 or email lwtheritage@hotmail.com