Clearing out the Hornby display display cabinets at Meadows Leisure Centre ready for their move upstairs.
Things seem to be moving along well and it looks like the timetable for the move is on track.
We expect our moved display cabinets to be in place by this coming weekend. Once that is done we will need to organise the rehanging of pictures, signage etc. together with the refilling of the cabinets of course.
The 14th May is presently the target date for reopening of the remodeled Leisure Centre, I understand.
An issue we picked up on, due to the keen eye of one of our trustees, is about sun light going onto the cabinets in their new position (this was not an issue in the original space downstairs) and blinds for the windows are being sourced. Some of our exhibits are very old and sunlight will degrade them so they need to be protected from it.
More news when I have it.
Clearing out the Hornby display items at Meadows Leisure Centre
The Frank Hornby Heritage Centre within Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre is now temporarily closed pending removal of display cases from the ground to first floor of the Centre during a remodeling of the building.
Everything was safely packed away by Trustees today and information on reopening will be made available soon. It is anticipated that the closure will only be for a few weeks.
If you live in the Maghull area you will have seen the headlines in this week’s Aintree & Maghull Champion about the contraction of the Town’s library into a space only about one third the size of what it was when the new library was opened in 2010.
The demise, reductions and contractions of public libraries is sad in any circumstance and it is a matter I have blogged about on many occasions. However, this particular posting is more about the consequences of the major changes at Meadows Leisure Centre and Library. In particular the remodeling of the Centre/Library is having a significant impact on the Frank Hornby Heritage Centre which is based within the building.
The Heritage Centre is run by the Maghull based charitable trust – The Frank Hornby Trust – and it helps celebrate the life and works of Maghull’s most famous resident. On display in the Frank Hornby Room on the ground floor of the leisure centre has been a large museum quality display case with many Hornby related artifacts within it. Here’s a photo of it:-
There are a lot of Meccano, Hornby Trains and other items on display and every one has to be carefully cleaned now and again.
But the Franky Hornby Room is being repurposed into offices for Sefton Council so our display cases are on the move. They are moving upstairs into part of what was the 2nd floor of Maghull Library and the move starts tomorrow Saturday 21st April when Trustees will be packing up the items ready for the display cases to be moved. This means that for a period of a few weeks, whilst the works are ongoing, there will be no access to the Hornby items.
The good news however, is that when the works are complete the display cases will be accessible whenever Maghull Library is open. This is a significant improvement on the present situation because the Frank Hornby Room has always been multi-use, so access to the displays has depended on other activities in the room.
Since Michael Portillo visited the Frank Hornby Room on one of his Great British Railway Journeys the Frank Hornby Trust has had many enquiries from folk across the UK who want to see the display of Hornby items:-
In the Hornby Room at Meadows Leisure Centre – Michael Portillo with Frank Hornby Trust Chairman Les French as seen on TV this year.
There’s much work to do over the next few weeks but the Trustees hope that following the move the displays will be back up and accessible for people to see towards the end of May this year. More publicity will follow.