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re: KNOTTINGLEY MUSEUM

ADDED 5 MAY 2007

The Digest has been successful in filling a gap in the market of local history and knowledge not only of the town but also of its people, Knottingley has a long and sometimes colourful history that has for the most part been overshadowed by our neighbours at Pontefract.

What people forget is that the events of today are tomorrows historical facts and without the efforts of Ron Gosney, Terry Spencer and other dedicated historians who research and collate that information, much of the local history and “folke-lore” would be forgotten. Local history should be available for all, scholars of all ages, Knottingley families have over the years migrated to all corners of the world and the possibility of having within our town, a centre that could be used as a repository for documents and items relating to the historical past and present development of the town must be worth looking towards.

The growth in interest of Family History research has generated a need in the wider community for information, what better than a centre dedicated to Knottingley, its people, industry, history and future.

There must be a wealth of information stored in boxes in lofts throughout the town, information that without the possibility of having somewhere to donate, will at some stage end up on the tip and then lost forever. Photographs, letters, postcards, old invoices, indentures and other items that may not seem important at first glance could hold the key to providing answers to many questions, who knows?

Social history and economic development is as important as bricks and mortar, much of the old town has disappeared over the years, don’t let the what we have still available be lost.

Let us challenge our local politicians, instead of being a poor relation in the Wakefield District, help to give a sense pride in what the town has achieved over the years, help to provide the funds and facilities for an education research centre / museum dedicated to Knottingley.

Stewart Hackney
5 May 2007


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