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History archive handed a boost for attic revamp

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

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AN archive chronicling the history of Burton and South Derbyshire under one roof has been spruced up thanks to a generous donation.

The Magic Attic, which is based at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, in West Street, Swadlincote, holds past editions of the Burton Mail and the Burton Observer and Chronicle, as well thousands of pictures and reference materials for those interested in the area.

However, trustees at the site decided that parts needed to be revamped after beginning to look a bit ‘worse for wear’.

The work would have cost £1,000 and, after running into difficulties raising the required cash, the Swadlincote Round Table stepped in to finance the work.

Clyde Dissington, Magic Attic trustee, spoke to the Mail.

He said: “The Magic Attic moved to Sharpe’s in late 2002.

“At the beginning of 2014, it was decided that the reading room and the vestibule were beginning to look a little worse for wear and needed redecorating. The cost for this was quoted at £1,000.

“As the Magic Attic is not funded and has to rely on donations, book sales and research etc, this cost was unable to be met from existing limited funds.

“As a registered charity, we approached Swadlincote Round Table for assistance in funding the work to be done.

“They saw our plight and agreed to provide finance for the work for which we are most grateful.

“Swadlincote Round Table not only assists in fund-raising for local good causes but also organises many social activities during the year for its members.”

Anyone who would like to apply for help, either financial or in any other way, can do so by contacting the group online at www.swadlincote.roundtable.co.uk/

Anyone who would like more information on the Magic Attic is urged to head online and visit www.magicattic.org.uk/

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