‘From A Pin to A Piano – A People’s Museum of Barrow’

Barrow’s famous moose will be coming out of the vaults for a special one-week celebration of the historic sights and sounds of Duke Street.

The huge moose’s head is among the most fondly-remembered artefacts from Barrow museum’s previous home above the town’s library.

Now it will be on display for one week only at 105 Duke Street from March 27th -1st April as part of a multimedia installation exploring memories of the old museum, Pass’s department store and The Public Hall. Twenty other museum loans including a large Penny Farthing, will be installed, inspired by Pass’s department store, which traded on Duke St until 1962.

Created by Barrow Sound Art organisation Full of Noises (FON), the exhibition aims to recapture the random & quirky atmosphere and spark conversations about what a museum should be.

Charlotte Hawley, The Dock Museum’s Collections and Exhibitions Manager has collaborated on the exhibition.

“The old Barrow Museum collection came over to the Dock Museum after it was built in 1994. With over 20,000 objects in storage, sadly there isn’t room for everything we hold to be out on display all the time. Having temporary exhibitions like this is a way to share more of the collection.”

‘From A Pin to A Piano – A People’s Museum of Barrow’ opens on 27th March at 105 Duke Street, open 11 til 5 daily. Entrance is free.

The Re:discover Barrow Heritage Action Zone programme is part of a nationwide initiative designed to secure lasting improvements to our historic high streets for the communities who use them. It is funded through Historic England.

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