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Glimpse into past at new exhibition
A GLIMPSE into Norton’s past will go on show this weekend in the town’s council chamber.
The Woodhams-Stone Collection is holding an exhibition in the building on Saturday, focusing on the town and its rich heritage and giving visitors a rare opportunity to see inside the chamber as well.
Described as a “hidden gem”, the former court house in Commercial Street retains many of the original features including wooden panelling, magistrates seating area and prisoners “dock”.
Sarah Maultby, cataloguing officer for the collection, said: “Although not part of the official Heritage Open Days programme, we are holding an open day to let local people see more items from the collection that we are gradually bringing out of store. The town council chamber, as a significant historic building in the town, is an ideal venue and gives people the chance to have a look at a building they may never have visited before, as well as seeing more of the fascinating items from the Woodhams-Stone Collection.”
The Woodhams-Stone Collection brings together two collections amassed over a period of 50 plus years by John Stone and Sid Woodhams.
Most items held in the collection originate in the towns of Norton and Malton Both collectors have gifted their collections to the towns of Norton and Malton with the express wish that a base be found for them in the towns where most of the items they have collected originate.
The Woodhams-Stone Collection steering committee has been formed to take this project forward and is chaired by Coun Di Keal, deputy mayor of Norton, and is supported by Ryedale District Council and RDPE LEADER Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways Coun Keal said: “Visitors will be able to see a selection of the thousands of items that Sid Woodhams and John Stone have collected over the years and learn more about the history of the old court house as well.
“The exhibition will feature items from businesses and domestic life in Norton in the past, including many postcards and pictures featuring scenes from the town – plus some items that originate from across the river in Malton too”.
The exhibition will run from 11am to 4pm in Norton Town Council Chambe
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