Museum artefacts move into new home at Stamford Library called Discover Stamford

The newly openned 'Discover Stamford' exhibition at the library with site co-ordinator Lea Rickard

The newly openned 'Discover Stamford' exhibition at the library with site co-ordinator Lea Rickard

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SOME of the oldest artefacts in the town now have a new home at Stamford Library.

Lincolnshire County Council has created a “heritage hub” in the library in High Street which is in part of the entrance hall and the community room.

The area, which is called “Discover Stamford”, opened on Tuesday and features many of the artefacts that used to be housed in Stamford Museum in Broad Street.

There is also interactive displays and some of the stories about the town are displayed on the walls.

Discover Stamford site co-ordinator Lea Rickard, who was the site co-ordinator at the museum, said: “Of course we were disappointed when the museum closed but this new area is fabulous and it is a good way to keep the artefacts in the town.”

The centrepiece of Discover Stamford is the 20ft long Stamford tapestry, which had been on display in the museum since 2000.

It now has a magnifying light so people can study the tapestry, which features many of the town’s historic buildings, in detail.

The artefacts are built into cabinets in the wall and the area is divided up into sections showing how the people of Stamford have lived, worked and played over the years, and why the town attracts so many visitors every year.

Lea said: “We have been closely involved in developing the museum and Discover Stamford features the things that people ask us the most about.

“We felt very strongly that the tapestry should be the centrepiece and we are very proud that there are so many interactive features associated with it. At the museum many people thought it was a painting because it was displayed on the wall.”

A new exhibition is being created in Stamford Town Hall in St Mary’s Hill to complement Discover Stamford and the display cabinets from the museum were donated to the town hall for its exhibition.

It is not yet known when the Town Hall exhibition will be open to the public.

Lincolnshire County Council axed the museum as part of its cost cutting measure, saying it would save more than £100,000 a year. Bids to retain it were rejected.

Linda Neal, leader of South Kesteven District Council which owns the museum building, said last week the museum could become the new home for its council offices.

She said the offices which are currently in Maiden Lane were not suitable.