Town museum makes its own history


Niall Dudley

By Niall Dudley

OSWESTRY Museum has hit a milestone after welcoming its 10,000th visitor in less than two years.
The special landmark comes as the museum, based in the Guildhall, prepares for an extremely busy year in which it will commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, along with other big plans that are currently being kept top secret.
Mark Hignett, a trustee at the museum, said he was delighted to see it reach the 10,000 figure.
He said: “It’s absolutely brilliant especially when you remember we haven’t even been open two years. We gave the lady who was from Shrewsbury a special mug to mark it.”
The museum is staffed by volunteers who are working hard to uncover more of Oswestry’s history.

They have recently received permission to erect a plaque in St Oswald’s Church in memory of the men from Oswestry who fought in the Peninsula and Crimean War and are working on transcribing over 100 letters which were sent from a soldier who was on his National Service at Park Hall Camp during the Second World War.
“The amount of history we’ve uncovered is surprising but we all knew there was history in our particular fields,” continued Mark, who was recently appointed West Midlands representative on the National Heritage Open Day steering committee in London. The accolade came after his impressive work with the museum.
He commented: “I was quite pleased but Oswestry has been slow in coming forward to the role we play in heritage in this country and we’re trying to change that.”

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