Future for cash-strapped heritage centre as “living museum”?

Date: Friday 13th April 2018

APPLEBY Training and Heritage Centre could be saved from closure as part of an ambitious plan hatched by the Oaklea Trust to create a “living museum” near the town’s railway station.

Based at a site owned by Eden Council, the heritage centre provides training and educational opportunities to people of all ages in a range of courses covering skills from lace crafts to motor vehicle maintenance.

However, late last year, Appleby Heritage Centre Limited — which had signed a 25-year lease for the site with Eden Council in 2006 — contacted the district authority expressing “grave concerns” about its ability to operate and fulfil its role to both current and future learners and local businesses.

Oaklea Trust chief executive Clive Wigley says he would like to see a “living museum” with a steam-age railway theme, which would be a tourist attraction for Appleby as part of a new heritage visitor centre.

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