TRUSTEES for the Redditch Local History Museum project have described the response from the public to the plans as ‘fantastic’.
“Since the launch of the museum project, which was featured in the Standard in early November, we have received considerable public support from both current residents and former Redditch residents,” said trustee Derek Coombes.
“More than a thousand people have joined the museum’s Facebook group and expressed the view that Redditch history is very important to the town and must be saved.”
The group have set their sights on opening the museum next year and believe the Church Green/Market Place area of town would be an ideal location.
They also believe that a museum will help address some of the issues raised in a report recently commissioned by Redditch Borough Council which says the Church Green conservation area is declining and at risk.
Fellow trustee Peter Harris said: “This area has been identified as having fallen into a sad state.
“The council’s report is calling for investment in this important area to attract back shoppers and visitors, so it is our contention that a museum in this area would do just that.
“It’s a win-win situation for us and the town. It will provide another reason for people to visit, particularly if more independent businesses are encouraged to the conservation area to complement and contrast with the Kingfisher Centre.
Those visitors to the museum will also visit adjacent shops and cafes, increasing footfall and making enterprises profitable.”
To open the museum next year the group needs to secure funding and revenue streams. The group has already attracted its first business sponsor who has pledged £3,000 to the venture and are looking for three or four more major sponsors.
Individuals who share the desire to have a Redditch Local History Museum that saves and presents Redditch local history for future generations to enjoy are also being encouraged to contribute.
Derek said: “We want this to be a community led project.”
Visit http://www.donate.rlhm.uk to contribute and www.rlhm.uk for mroe information.