New home for museum

Homeless museum secures new location and promises it will reopen.

AFTER months of waiting, Torrington museum has announced it will reopen once more in a town-centre location.

The museum was forced out of its former home in the Town Hall when necessary repairs needed to be undertaken in the roof which was suffering from dry rot.

But now, with the support of Great Torrington Town Council, the museum has secured a new premises in South Street.

The former solicitor’s is in a prime location next to the entrance of the Pannier Market and opposite the Square.

Val Morris is among volunteers who have been helping clean and move the artefacts from their temporary location at the former Bluecoats School to a new storing place.

She said: “We still have a lot of things to work out but we are very pleased to have been told we can use the premises.

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“Some of the volunteers will be forming a working party with the town council to look at issues such as funding the lease.

“We always assured people the museum would not die and we are very pleased to say Torrington Museum will return again.”

The museum has endured its fair share of dramas, including a break-in at the former Bluecoats School where the artefacts were temporarily stored.

“There were some items taken and boxes were ripped open which has led to dry rot from the building getting into the collection,” said Mrs Morris.

“Luckily the culprits were caught and we have had a very dedicated team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to clean all the items.”

The collection and archives will now be stored above the Pannier Market while plans for the new location are finalised.

Great Torrington’s mayor, Cllr Margaret Brown, said: “It is very important we support the museum and keep it in the centre of the town.

“The town council is fully in support of the museum and to have it in the town centre will be just wonderful.”

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