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Tring & District Local History & Museum Society

Registered Charity No.  1053276

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The Beginning

Tring has long wished to have a museum which would tell the story of the area and the many fascinating people and events associated with it.  After an unsuccessful bid to create one in the 1970s, the idea was revived in 1994 when Tring Town Council set up the Tring & District Local History & Museum Society to collect historic objects and build up enough expertise to open and run a museum.  As various buildings in the town became vacant, they were assessed for their suitability.

The Building

When the office building at Tring’s former Cattle Market became available, negotiations took place with Tring Town Council (owners of the freehold) and a lease was signed in 2006.  Fund-raising began in earnest and a turning point was reached a year later when the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant to the society, in partnership with the Town Council, to restore and convert the building to create a museum.  Work began in 2008 and the Tring Local History Museum opened to the public in September 2010.

Museum Content

The focus is on the town and the villages around it, describing the lives of its people and the activities they carried out, the buildings they constructed and the events which took place.  It involves not just historic artefacts but also graphics, paintings and photography as well as history-related activities for children.  Alongside core exhibits there are changing exhibitions and displays inspired by topical events and anniversaries.

Operating the Museum

Tring Local History Museum is an entirely voluntary operation.  It depends on its volunteers, needing two stewards on duty at any given time.  The Museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays, with a weekly Friday market in Church Square and fortnightly Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.  Tring’s auction rooms are nearby.  School parties are welcome outside normal opening hours, when arranged with the Education Officer.  Every effort is made to meet teachers’ needs and to devise content and material which corresponds with the National Curriculum.  Pre-arranged visits by non-school groups are also welcome.

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