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North Hertfordshire Museum (finally) opens

PUBLISHED: 15:56 22 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:56 22 July 2019

North Hertfordshire Museum and Hitchin Town Hall (photo: Danny Loo)

North Hertfordshire Museum and Hitchin Town Hall (photo: Danny Loo)

Danny Loo Photography 2018

The long-awaited new North Hertfordshire Museum has officially opened almost nine years after being given the go ahead

The long-awaited new North Hertfordshire Museum has officially opened almost nine years after being given the go ahead.

The redevelopment by North Herts District Council of the Hitchin Town Hall site was plagued with problems including the removal of asbestos, contractors going into administration and a land dispute. Access to a new linked building led to years of legal wrangling. It meant the public and staff could only access a limited area of the museum. The dispute was resolved in January.

The new museum which replaces the Hitchin and Letchworth museums has a wide range of exhibits, many with interactive technology, to tell the prehistory and history of the district. Exhibits include archaeological finds, natural history, art, football memorabilia, toys and even an original Victorian chemist's shop counter. Facilities include a welcome area, shop and café.

Hitchin councillor and former town centre manager, Keith Hoskins, said, 'We hope that visitors will be inspired by the history of North Hertfordshire and impressed with the modern facilities. It really is a fantastic facility which we can all be proud of.'

The cost of the project, including renovation of the town hall, was £5.99m including nearly £1m funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday. Entrance is free.

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