Laying the foundation stone for Burton Museum

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Date:30th of October 1913

Description:A lantern slide view of the laying of the foundation stone for a new museum in Burton upon Trent. In 1915 Burton corporation opened a municipal museum and art gallery in a building designed by Henry Beck of Burton on the site of the former police station at the corner of Station Street and Guild Street. The museum displays included a collection of artefacts belonging to the Burton-upon-Trent Natural History and Archaeological Society. In 1921 an extensive private collection of zoological specimens was purchased from the estate of the society's president, Philip Mason of Trent House, Bridge Street. In 1923 the corporation was given the natural history collection at Rolleston Hall, and in 1928 it opened an extension to house them. When the museum and art gallery was closed in 1981 some collection items were transferred to the Bass Museum, others to Derby Museum & Art Gallery and the Staffordshire County Museum at Shugborough.

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1860s
Station Street, Burton upon Trent
Station Street, Burton upon Trent

Lantern Slide view of Station Street at its junction with Guild Street and Union ...

1880s
The Old Police Station, Burton upon Trent
The Old Police Station, Burton upon Trent

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1900s
Laying tram lines, Burton upon Trent
Laying tram lines, Burton upon Trent

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1970s
Burton Museum, Burton-upon-Trent
Burton Museum, Burton-upon-Trent

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