'Museum in the Market' launched in Accrington

Lancashire Telegraph: Peter Whitehouse in the apothecary Peter Whitehouse in the apothecary

A VICTORIAN apothecary shop and schoolroom have been created in a market hall using objects donated by the community.

Hyndburn Heritage and Community Group was set up last year as a way to use the hidden heritage items stored in people’s homes and businesses.

After months of appealing for donations they have been unveiled at an extended ‘Museum in the Market’ space in Accrington.

The apothecary shop downstairs in the market hall is complete with original pharmacist’s weights and scales as well as many original tools and implements used by pharmacists in the 19th and and early 20th century.

Other space has been used to create a Victorian kitchen and parlour, while an educational exhibit features Victorian schoolroom items, including an impressive school desk.

A ‘royal’ exhibition is also on show featuring chairs which the Queen and Prince Phillip sat on during their Jubilee tour last summer and a print of the painting presented to the Queen by local artist Peter Sherburne.

Alicia Rammel, exhibitions co-ordinator, said: “Everyone has worked really hard and people have been amazingly generous loaning us many interesting items that will feature in the exhibition.”

Group members, all volunteers, created the displays, some of which are in new balcony units.

Angela Fryatt, chairman of Hyndburn Heritage and Community Group, said: “We have some fabulous exhibitions which we believe will appeal to visitors of all ages and we hope to welcome many new visitors, especially to our rooms on the balcony.”

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