Museum showcases Marlow's great and good

Museum showcases history of town's great and good

Museum showcases history of town's great and good

First published in Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

MARLOW Museum is capturing the history of the town with its latest exhibition of ‘Famous People of Marlow’.

The new feature in the volunteer-run museum highlights over a dozen men and women based on the commemorative wall plaques on buildings around the town.

T.S Eliot, Percy Bysshe-Shelley and his wife Mary Shelley are just three of the glittering former residents to receive the tribute.

These are joined on display with many other people including writers, artists, engineers and military figures.

As well as pictures and biographies of the famous people in the exhibition there is a small collection of books and drawings relating to them.

For visitors who have their own ideas of who is locally famous there is also a book provided for them to make their suggestions.

The Marlow Museum is self-funded and run completely by a small group of volunteers.

Under threat of closure last year, volunteers held a series of fundraising events to save the museum and agreed a new lease recently.

But chairman Michael Hyde stressed that they are always looking for ways to boost revenue and ensure the Higginson Park archive for future generations.

He said: “We have secured the future of the museum, and were offered a four-year lease for the premises.

“As for our financial situation, we have had donations but we work really hard at it and are still looking for money, as we have a lot of things we’d like to do.”

The museum offers free admission and is open from 2pm to 4pm every Sunday during winter.

After March 2014 the museum will open on both Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

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