A major new exhibition celebrating Mansfield’s industrial past has been officially opened following a £469,000 revamp at Mansfield Museum.
‘Made in Mansfield’ is the first new exhibition in the Museum’s Arcade gallery in 27 years.
It features artefacts, photographs, film and audio about Metal Box, Shoe Co, Mansfield Brewery, Barrs Soft Drinks, hosiery, precision engineering, mining, foundries and quarrying.
Current and former employees will have the opportunity to see how the memories and knowledge they provided at a series of popular memory days have been captured in the new gallery.
There are interactive activities including an electronic beer mat flipper, clocking-in machines and a chance to design-your-own-shoes.
Although ‘Made in Mansfield’ is not aimed primarily at children, it features family-friendly trails and activities similar to those that won the Museum the Guardian’s Family-friendly Museum of the Year award. The gallery will also enhance the education department’s Made in Mansfield session, one of 16 different curriculum topics for visiting local primary schools.
Opened by Coun Kate Allsop said: “This is a wonderful and truly exciting exhibition celebrating the industrial heritage of Mansfield. We have a great team of volunteers who help our small but dedicated team of professionals who work tirelessly to keep the museum at the forefront of cultural services. There is something for everyone so come along and see for yourself the rich history of Mansfield’s industrial past.”
The project was made possible by a £304,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £153,700 from the council - mainly through volunteer time - in addition to £3,000 from the Museum’s existing budget and £9,200 in sponsorship from Mansfield Educational Foundation.