THE final exhibits and fittings have been removed from Stamford Museum.
A team of volunteers from Stamford Corn Exchange moved cabinets and artefacts from the museum in Broad Street to the town hall.
The museum closed on June 29 as part of Lincolnshire County Council’s cost-cutting measures.
A bid to keep it open by Stamford Heritage Trust was rejected in favour of a heritage hub in Stamford Library and a display in the town hall.
Town councillor Tony Story, who also volunteers at the Corn Exchange, helped with the move. He said: “It went extremely well.
“We have put everything into place in the town hall ready for the museum heritage group to come in and see which artefacts they are going to put into the cabinets.”
The town hall is currently being refurbished but once work is finished the cellars and rooms upstairs will filled with exhibits and opened to the public.
The county council wants these displays to combine with those in the library to form a heritage trail. Visitors will be able to pick up guides to the exhibits and the town’s historic buildings and locations.
Coun Story added: “If we don’t do this then all the artefacts that can’t be used in the library will stay in storage. It is in our interests to put what we can on show.
“In the long term it could be quite interesting. There is quite a lot of space in the cellars and the old caretaker’s rooms upstairs. There is a lot of potential.
“There will be a variety of exhibitions from a Blackstone’s engine to coins. It is a real mixed bag.”
Coun Story thanked the Corn Exchange volunteers for helping with the move. The town council would have faced a substantial bill from a removal firm but ended up paying just £100 for the hire of a van along with a £200 donation to the Corn Exchange.
Coun Story said: “Without the volunteers’ help we couldn’t have done this and it would have cost the council an awful lot of money. I would like to say a big thank-you to all those who helped.”
The town hall exhibitions should be open to the public late this year. The library display is in the design stage.