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Rushden Museum 2009

Preparing for the ceremony Simon, Sarah and Mayor Barbara Jenney
Sarah Peacock (centre) chairman of the Museum about
to address the guests.
l-r: Simon Peacock, Mayor Barbara Jenney, Sarah,
Alan Peacock and Mayor's Consort David Jenney
After declaring the Museum open, the Mayor and Sarah unveil the plaque to Susan Hollowell the founder of the museum, watched by Simon Peacock.
Susan was Sarah's mother and Simon's grandmother.

On May 8th 2009 the trustees and members of FORM - Friends Of Rushden Museum - met to celebrate the opening of the newly extended museum and the new exhibition for the season "Gas Masks to Gravy Legs". Rushden during the second World War was the main theme supplemented with a display of Robert Marriott Ltd, builders, assembled by Clive Wood, Milkmen in Wartime assembled by Eric Fowell, a display of wartime toys by Jim Osborne and wartime memorabillia was displayed by the Collectors' Circle.

This is the fourth season of displays at the Museum. The exhibits were favourably commented on by the assembled members and other guests. The Mayor, Councillor Barbara Jenney cut the ribbon to allow the guests to go in through the new doorway, constructed as part of the extension and alterations. Once inside she performed another ceremony by unveiling a plaque with Sarah, to commemorate the founder.

Guest gather outside Sarah addresses the assembled guest
The guests assemble outside the new entrance
Eric Fowell - President of the Museum watches proceedings
Part of the Marriott exhibition The shoetrade area in the museum
Part of the Marriott exhibition - they celebrated their centenary in 1990 as the flag on the left declares
The boards high on the right list the award winners at the Boot and Shoe School - acquired this year

This year has also seen the IT Kiosk installed in the Museum by Rushden Research, and the Rushden Boot and Shoe School awards boards which had been displayed at Wellingborough Technical College since the Boot and Shoe School moved there in 1975.

The plaque in memory of his grandmother Susan Hollowell, was arranged by Simon Peacock, as a surprise for his mother.

Simon arranged for Clive Wood to prepare and paint the sign.
The Milkmen exhibit Looking at the displays
The display about Milkmen during WWII
In the corner guests are studying the new IT Kiosk
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