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Monday, 20 October 2014

Poet to have own room in revamped attraction

A MUSEUM is set to undergo a major overhaul next month.

*new pic being taken today*

By Will Metcalfe

Millom Folk Museum is due to be reborn as Millom Discovery Centre.

It will include the Trackside Tea Room, a traditional tea room taking the place of the former Station Balti takeaway.

The tea room will go alongside a new exhibition room named after Millom’s most famous son, Norman Nicholson, and the station’s ticket office.

The museum operates the ticket office in Millom station, with the commission helping to fund the museum.

Jill Mojonnier, museum volunteer, said: “Exciting changes are taking place in Millom station.

“The folk museum will be renamed Millom Discovery Centre with exhibitions and events which will embrace the industrial history and natural beauty of Millom and the surrounding villages.”

The Norman Nicholson room will be devoted to the industrial poet with books and a number personal items on display, along with a reading area.

The museum has previously been known as Millom Heritage Centre.

The museum, which operates as a charity, is planning on launching a special “supporter” scheme. The scheme aims to get more people to visit the museum, keeping them posted with events, exhibitions and an annual newsletter.

Ms Mojonnier said: “We believe Millom is now a destination which will attract tourists and visitors – not only to the discovery centre but to the town.”

South Copeland tourism officer Mark Holroyd said: “I’ve been really encouraged by the real vision shown by the museum trustees for the centre as a hub for visitors in Millom and Haverigg.

“The rebrand of the museum is just the start of an exciting journey I know they are making to become a sustainable visitor attraction for all ages. Millom really has a fascinating history which the discovery centre tells in a quirky and engaging way. I wish them every success for the coming year.”

Millom Discovery Centre will be officially opened on March 17.

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