Brigg Heritage Centre bucks national trend of museum closures and cutbacks
The market town of Brigg received a double boost - for culture and education - in the space of a few hours yesterday (Monday, July 9).
The new £50,000 Brigg Heritage Centre - in the Angel building, off the Market Place - was officially opened by Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy.
He then made a short journey across the A18 to turn over the first piece of ground on the site of the £80,000 foundation department extension to Brigg Primary School, off Atherton Way.
At both events Mr Percy was accompanied by Councillors Rob Waltham and Carl Sherwood - Brigg and Wolds ward representatives and members of the cabinet at North Lincolnshire Council.
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Councillor Sherwood is also the current Town Mayor of Brigg.
Round the country, museums have suffered more than most other council services when it comes to cutbacks - some closing altogether or suffering greatly reduced hours. But North Lincolnshire has bucked the trend with the opening of the heritage centre.
The free-to-visit heritage centre features informative displays of pictures and artefacts from the town's past, and also boasts a souvenirs section.
The centrepiece - a Bronze Age raft unearthed in the town in the early 1970s and later housed in the maritime museum in Greenwich, London - will be back in Brigg in the autumn.
There is also to be a cafe in the Angel building's courtyard where visitors to the centre will be able to enjoy refreshments.
The centre - in the same building at Brigg library and the local link office - is now open to the public, with volunteers giving their time to assist visitors.
Mr Percy described the heritage centre as a fantastic project that had come together within a year.
He said he was excited to be asked to unveil a plaque to mark the official opening of the facility.
Musical entertainment was provided for invited guests at the launch by Lucy Marshall, a student at Brigg Sixth Form College, who delivered a folk song of her own about the town.
The VIPs included Councillor Ivan Glover, of Broughton, the Mayor of North Lincolnshire.
After the ceremony at the Angel, Mr Percy went on to preside at the official launch of the school's new extension - watched by pupils and staff.