New museum play area open

NILABE120330a2, Children from Bennerley fields school visit Erewash museum, Ilkeston.

NILABE120330a2, Children from Bennerley fields school visit Erewash museum, Ilkeston.

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pupils from Bennerley Fields were the first to try out new play equipment at Erewash Museum this week.

The museum was given just over £13,000 in October last year by Derbyshire County Council to build a play area accessible to all children.

Students from Bennerely Fields Specialist Speech and Language College helped museum staff come up with ideas and for the new play equipment.

It was installed on Wednesday this week.

Museum manager, Helen Martinez, said: “The children really wnjoyed seeing their designs and trying them out for the first time.

“The new play equipment is a great addition to the beautiful museum gardens.”

The pupils’ designs were inspired by their trips to the museum and local history.

They include a mine train which has been specially adapted for wheelchair users and a hand carved bespoke rotating sculpture.

The sculpture includes three figures that the children associated with the museum including a Victorian servant, a toy soldier and a Victorian coal miner.

The play area will be another attraction at the awardwinning museum, based just off Ilkeston Market Place on High Street.

Admission is free and the museum is open Monday to Saturday during school holidays.

Its regular opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am - 4pm.

For more inforamtion call 0115 9071141 or visit www.erewashmuseum.co.uk.