Photographer's Note

Charnwood Museum features a wide range of exhibits reflecting the history, geology, archaeology and industries of Charnwood and the surrounding area. Permanent displays include ‘Coming to Charnwood’, ‘The Natural World of Charnwood’, ‘Living off the Land’ and ‘Earning a Living’. Each contains exhibits from the past and present including interactive displays, computers and audio-visuals. Visitors can handle rocks from Charnwood’s volcanic past, walk beneath the giant oak tree, investigate the 4,000 year old burial of the Cossington Boy, visit the Victorian grocers shop or zoom-in on a fly’s eye with the video microscope.

Loughborough is the original home of Ladybird Books and Charnwood Museum has an extensive collection of books, artwork and related memorabilia. Charnwood is also famous internationally for the discovery of the world’s oldest multi-cellular fossil Charnia and visitors to the museum can discover more about this rare find by a local schoolboy. Other key exhibits include the Beaumanor Chair, the Wymeswold Chalice, an Anglo-Saxon gold sword pommel, the famous Barrow Kipper – a Jurassic marine reptile that still ‘swims’ under the floor of the museum, and the locally made Auster aeroplane that ‘flies’ in the rafters.

The building was previously the town's swimming pool and I believe it is still there under the floorboards.

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Additional Photos by marion morgan (jester5) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 66 N: 610] (2024)
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