Tram memories needed

Do you remember trams in Ilkeston? Get in touch with Erewash Museum.
Do you remember trams in Ilkeston? Get in touch with Erewash Museum.

Do you remember when trams ran up Bath Street? Or maybe you have photographs which few people have seen from Ilkeston’s brief period with a tram and trolley bus network.

If so you should get in touch with Erewash Museum, which is appealing to townsfolk for help as it prepares a new exhibition.

The display is to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the first electric trams operating in Ilkeston.

The museum team is currently researching and putting together the display and hopes resident will get in touch if they have memorabilia, photographs or memories of the trams which they could share .

Cllr Mike Wallis, lead member for culture and leisure, said: “We want to celebrate this landmark anniversary and we know there are a lot of local people who fondly remember and are interested in the introduction of the tram network in Ilkeston.

“We hope they will get involved and help us put together this exhibition by loaning us any photographs and memorabilia they may have.

“All items will be returned to residents at the end of the exhibition.”

The High Street museum plans to hold the commemorative display next year.

Ilkeston was the first town in Derbyshire to have an electric tram network. The trams ran from 1903 to 1931.

Anyone with photographs, memorabilia or memories should contact museum manager Helen Martinez on 0115 907 1141 or email museum@erewash.gov.uk.

Full details of the exhibition and dates will be announced later.