Museum’s iconic Victorian van protected for winter

TIME FOR WINTER -- staff get the museum's removal van ready for storage.
TIME FOR WINTER -- staff get the museum's removal van ready for storage.

One of the most recognisable artefacts at Retford’s Bassetlaw Museum -- its Victorian horse-drawn removal van -- has been packed away for winter.

But there is still plenty going on at the award-winning attraction on Grove Street to keep visitors busy until next spring, including free attractuons for Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night.

Each year, the Swannack’s van, which is displayed in the museum gardens, is put to bed for winter by corporate members of the Friends of Bassetlaw Museum organisation. They give it a bit of a clean and make sure the weather-proof cover is secure.

The museum’s curator, Sam Glasswell, said: “Although the removal cart was designed for outside work, we want to preserve it for as long as possible by protecting it from the excesses of winter weather. We are very grateful to our corporate friends for this practical and invaluable help, and for providing the muscle and expertise.”

The museum’s rural heritage centre will also close for winter. But activities with a Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night theme are set to light up the October half-term holiday. Also on show is a new exhibition by local artists John Turner and John Fretwell in the Percy Laws Gallery until Saturday, November 28, in addition to the festive vintage tractor event, The Christmas Crank-Up, on Saturday, December 12.