A POPULAR centre that preserves the history of Burton and South Derbyshire has been honoured for its work.
The British Association for Local History (BALH) presented Graham Nutt and The Magic Attic, based at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, in West Street, Swadlincote, with an award for its work as part of Local History Day in London.
The centre is home to a vast collection of newspapers and photos charting the history of the area.
A spokesman for the BALH said: “This award is going to The Magic Attic, which is home to a group of talented and enthusiastic volunteers, represented by Graham Nutt, whose leadership, drive and understanding has made the team what it is today.
“It all began 25 years ago when Graham organised the emergency rescue of the complete volumes of Burton Mail newspapers from the mid 19th century.
“They were stored in the local snooker club’s attic and made available for research.
“Since then, the collection has grown enormously, and it has moved to a new home at Sharpe’s Pottery that has become an important social focus for the community as well as a vibrant history centre.
“The Magic Attic has recruited an amazing group of volunteers of a wide range of backgrounds, trained them to work to professional standards of resource management, and given them a range of complex projects matched to interests and abilities. They welcome visitors, individuals and groups, they publish books, create exhibitions, give talks, run sessions for schools, and generally aim to share their excitement in local history.
“These awards for personal achievement in services to local history are presented annually as a means of publicly honouring those who have made a significant voluntary contribution to local history.
“This might be supporting a local history society or museum, teaching and lecturing, writing and publishing, but, most importantly, enthusing others to appreciate the history of their locality.”
More information about the Magic Attic is available by visiting www.magicattic.org.uk or calling 01283 819020.