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Town’s society gives backing for museum at Needham Market middle school site

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 October 2014

Needham Market Middle School

Needham Market Middle School

A project to convert part of a school into a museum has been backed by the town’s society.

Needham Market Town Council is looking into whether it can launch a heritage attraction at the town’s middle school which will close next year.

For more than a year the council has been giving updates to residents on the project at its meetings. And now the Needham Market Society has given its support in principle for the museum.

Town councillor, Ted Nash, is leading the project and said he had also received backing from some residents.

Speaking in a personal capacity, he said: “There has been quite a bit of interest coming from members of the public; we are now waiting on the county council to decide what they are going to do with the whole of the site.

“We are interested in a building which is a relatively small part of the overall area. The town council agrees in principle but there will be no financial commitment until we get some answers back from the county council.

“The society has shown an interest but a lot of the other interest has been individual.

“I think there’s a lot of history in the town and it would be a great asset but that’s my personal opinion.”

No-one from the Needham Market Society was available to comment.

Suffolk County Council has said it will look to keep the school for educational purposes before any other option would be considered.

The school will close its doors for the last time next year, along with three other middles in the area, as part of the move from three-tier to two-tier education.

One reason behind the interest in the museum is the lack of facilities representing the town’s heritage. In 2011, a steam fire engine, which dated back to 1912, was moved to the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. It had previously been at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters.

If anyone would like to put forward their support for the project call Mr Nash on 01449 720360.

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