Plans for a museum gets public’s backing in heritage trust poll

The Bury, Hemel Hempstead, in 1796. PNL-140608-153818001

The Bury, Hemel Hempstead, in 1796. PNL-140608-153818001

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A questionnaire to gauge the strength of feeling for a museum in Dacorum has received a positive response with 96 per cent of respondents backing the plan.

The Dacorum Heritage Trust has so far received almost 300 responses to its poll with 94 per cent agreeing that the historic Bury in Hemel Hempstead would be the perfect location for the venue.

MCHG 12-966   The Bury, Hemel Hempstead. ENGPNL00120121123174421

MCHG 12-966 The Bury, Hemel Hempstead. ENGPNL00120121123174421

Exciting plans for a museum dedicated to Dacorum’s heritage and an art gallery have been drawn up by the trust, which is now in the process of applying for lottery funding.

Questionnaire responses will be used to support the application.

Trust collections manager Nina Glencross said: “Unsurprisingly 96 per cent wanted to see a museum in our area and the feedback has been really, really positive.

“We need to make a good case and all the positive feedback is really helpful for that.”

A heritage trail plaque at The Bury.

A heritage trail plaque at The Bury.

Trustees of the Dacorum Heritage Trust, which is based in Berkhamsted, have long dreamed of setting up a borough museum.

At the moment its collection of more than 100,000 objects can only be viewed by appointment.

Questionnaire respondents said they would like to see regular lectures, talks and changing exhibitions, including touring displays from other museums at the proposed venue.

There was also support for themed days for schoolchildren with dressing up and revealing the borough’s industrial heritage especially its famous paper-making background.

When asked for their feelings about plans for the museum, one respondent said: “It is high time that we had one!”

While another replied: “The sooner the better - bring it on! Dacorum has waited far too long now, our museum is way overdue.

“How any town of the size of ours has no museum is one of life’s great mysteries.”

Another added: “Why has it taken soooo long!”

People said a museum would ‘enhance community spirit’, give people ‘pride in our culture and history’ and improve the ‘wellbeing’ of local residents.

A total of 37 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to volunteer at the museum and now the trust is compiling a list of people that are happy to help out.

Questionnaire responses are still being welcomed. People can have their say online by clicking here

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