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Knaresborough pop-up museum becomes permanent following community fundraiser

Knaresborough Heritage Centre on High Street.

A new heritage centre in Knaresborough has become a permanent fixture in the town following a community fundraising campaign.

The new Knaresborough Heritage Centre is now in place on the town’s High Street after Knaresborough Museum Association (KMA) were able to raise more than £35,000 over the last four years.

The centre started as a pop-up museum in 2019 before the charity raised enough funds to make it permanent. 

The centre will display artefacts which show that people have been living in Knaresborough for 4,000 years, the KMA charity said.

Kathy Allday, chair of the KMA, said: 

“The heritage centre is the first of its kind by the community for the community.

“Knaresborough has a wealth of archaeology that even local people aren’t always aware of.

"We’ll display artefacts which show people have been living in the town for an astonishing 4,000 years."

The centre’s first exhibition starts on Saturday (27th April).

It will showcase the geology of the Nidd Gorge, as well as the archaeology of the town and surrounding area.

The creation of the centre was supported by grants and donations, including from Knaresborough Town Council and the George A Moore Foundation.

The museum will be open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday.

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