VOLUNTEERS at a Langwith museum are putting some of their exhibits up for auction in a bid to raise enough money to find a new home.
The Langwith and Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre will be selling a range of historic local items, including those from museum chairman Tony Warrener’s private collection.
Mr Warrener (76) said he was disappointed to be selling the items but hoped they would fetch a good price at auction.
“I have been collecting for nearly 30 years now and my shed is bursting at the seams,” he said.
“The heritage centre is selling some of their things so I thought it was about time I did too.
“I hope there will be a good turnout so we can raise money and pass the exhibits on to a new home.”
A number of items relating to Langwith’s agricultural past will be going under the hammer, including wooden ploughs, sickles and other traditional farming tools.
The heritage centre will also be selling a range of memorabilia detailing the village’s proud mining history.
One of Mr Warrener’s favourite local treasures is a pair of pattens - wooden overshoes worn by Victorian women to protect their dress hems from the mud when working outside.
Wooden children’s toys, washing mangles and a needle used for testing haystacks in the First World War are also being sold from his collection.
The museum had been based at Langwith Methodist Church for the past five years but will have to move at the end of the month due to rising costs.
The group is keeping a collection of smaller items which they hope to take into schools while they look for a new venue.
The two-stage auction will begin at the Langwith and Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre before moving on to Mr Warrener’s collection on Cuckney Road, Langwith.
Steven Iredale, auctioneer and valuer at Bamfords Auctioneers of Derby, said it was hard to guess how much the items would sell for but anticipated a lot of local interest.
“I think there will be something for everyone, there’s an eclectic mix with some things worth a few pounds while others are worth a few hundred,” he said.
“Many of the items have interest nationally and internationally - so I really hope they make the money they need.”
The auction will get underway on Saturday from 10am.
For more information on the Langwith and Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre contact Mansfield 747601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.