Thurrock Museum's Attic Project has come to an end, a year after the initiative was awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund which enabled museum volunteers to organise its archive of historical artefacts so that new items could be displayed within the collection.
During this time, a number of objects were found that celebrated Thurrock's history and members of the public voted on a shortlist of 10. The 3 items that received the most votes – a hoard of iron age coins, a clock and medal presented to a local hero in the early 1900s, and a Second World War land army uniform – toured the borough at events such as Horndon Feast and Fayre and The Orsett Show. A display about these objects is now in Grays Library.
Further benefits from the project include new specialist software to aid catalogue collections; educational visits involving pupils from Woodside Academy and Quarry Hill Academy in Grays; and future match-funding from Thurrock Council that will enable the museum to have a website so the collection can be viewed online.
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "The museum's Attic Project has attracted plenty of community interest across the borough and demonstrates that we are committed to investing in our heritage and cultural services.
"This collection, which covers a wide span of rich and fascinating history, deserves our attention and I'm pleased that the museum was able to benefit from such a fantastic boost of lottery funding."
A representative from the National Lottery Heritage Fund said: "We are glad to see that the project was so successful and that 10 volunteers will continue the cataloguing after the project ends."
For more information on Thurrock Museum, go to thurrock.gov.uk/museum