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Museum exhibits offer shop window into Tiverton's past
10:00am Sunday 25th August 2013 in News
STAFF at Tiverton Museum spotted a window of opportunity when two small shops closed down in the centre of the town.
Keen not to let the empty shop fronts go to waste, the team came up with a creative solution and are now using the space to display special exhibits which offer a glimpse into Tiverton’s history.
The £2,500 Pop Up Museum Project has been funded by Mid Devon District Council’s High Street Innovation Fund, which aims to increase the town’s footfall.
Director at the museum Pippa Griffith said: “We were keen to get things off the museum walls and into our local community in different and imaginative ways and the empty shops provide the perfect opportunity to do that.
“Not only are we engaging with local people but we are making the town look more attractive which is particularly important in the summer.”
Pippa hopes the displays will ensure visitor numbers to the award-winning museum continue to increase.
The attraction welcomed around 3,500 more people from 2010-2012 than it did in the previous three years.
The exhibits, which are on show at the old Julian Graves store, on Fore Street, and at Busy Bee, in Gold Street, include a timeline of local history and also feature banners promoting other local attractions such as Knightshayes Court, Tiverton Castle, Bickleigh Mill and the Grand Western Canal.
The displays will remain in the shops until they are let and will change later in the year.
The project was one of 15 to be awarded a share of £100,000 as part of the second round of the Portas Pilot Scheme, which is run by the Tiverton Town Team.
Cllr Sue Griggs, who chairs Tiverton Town Team, said: “These ideas are helping.
“We have seen an increase in traffic in Fore Street and in the town generally and there certainly is much more of a buzz in the town and it is not just me saying that people are coming up to me and saying that it is working.”
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