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Rutland County Museum marks 50th anniversary with family fun day

Rutland County Museum has held a special family fun day to celebrate its 50th anniversary as one of the county’s favourite visitor attractions.

The museum, in Oakham, tells the story of Rutland’s history, archaeology and geology, and was officially opened on May 12, 1969, after 10 years of campaigning and fundraising by local charity Friends of Rutland County Museum.

The museum’s 50th anniversary family day took place on Saturday, May 11, and supported the national Get Creative Festival, with free arts and crafts activities for children aged four and older.

Rutland County Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary
Rutland County Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary

Crafts had a textile theme and included puppet making, embroidery and French knitting.

Members from the Rutland Quilters group also demonstrated their techniques and helped visitors to have a go themselves.

The museum had more than 120 visitors through its doors on Saturday and also welcomed the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness.

Coun Lucy Stephenson, cabinet member for culture at Rutland County Council, said: “The museum is a hugely important feature of Oakham and a real asset for our county. It provides a link to the past for current and future generations, and is a wonderful community facility that acts as a focal point for groups like Cinema4Rutland and the Friday café.

Rutland County Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary
Rutland County Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary

“I’m very much looking forward to the next round of celebrations as we continue to mark a really special year for everyone involved in the museum.”

Saturday’s family day is just one of many activities and exhibitions taking place this year as part of Rutland County Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Future events will also include:

  • Special Exhibition: 50 Years of Family Board Games, July 13 to September 7
  • Summer Workshop: Space 1969 – The Moon Landing, July 31
  • Special Exhibition: Victorian and Edwardian Back to School, September 21 to November 23
  • Special artefact unveiling and Friends of Rutland County Museum 60th anniversary celebration, October 2019

Please see rutlandcountymuseum.org.uk for event information and timings.

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