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A great pity to deny children rich resource of Bantock

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

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I AM writing following reading about the possible closure of Bantock House Museum, which I had just discovered only very recently.

I was so impressed with the museum, and the welcome we received. It is a particularly important part of Wolverhampton's heritage as it is of course the former home of a local industrialist, integral to the growth and success of the town.

I particularly liked the way in which many of the artefacts are displayed, at a child's level, and the nursery is a treasure house of beautiful objects. If local children are to be denied such a rich resource, then it would be a great pity.

Several years ago I lived in West Yorkshire for two years. It was a time of very limited financial resources for myself and my (then) student husband, so we would often go to the local museums at Batley and Halifax, which were of a similar size to Bantock House.

We gained much pleasure and enjoyment from those visits, and were grateful that the museums were there.

Too much of modern life is focussed on consumerism, and I believe that resources such as Bantock House have to be protected in order to add their own story to the local community.

I live beyond Much Wenlock, and read about Bantock House in the NACF guidebook. So, it is not just local Wolverhampton people who would miss the museum.

Fiona Quayle.

fionaquayle@btinternet.com

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