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System Simulation / Croydon Clocktower Museum
Croydon Clocktower Museum
7th September 2006
System Simulation were very pleased and proud to work with The Museum of Croydon to develop the kiosks and website of the stunning new look exhibition in their Clocktower.
Press Release
Issued 7 September 2006

OPENING OF THE MUSEUM OF CROYDON

On 21st September 2006 at 6.00pm

As home to people as diverse as Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Kate Moss, Emile Zola and Captain Sensible, Croydon in South London has played its part in the cultural life of the country.

Following an investment of 933,500 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), The Museum of Croydon unveils a new look to its exhibition on September 21. Visitors are given the opportunity to celebrate the life and times of the borough in a series of interactive displays.

For a decade the museum has told the story of Croydon through the voices and objects of its residents from 1800 to the present, now thanks to a grant awarded to the council by the HLF visitors will be able to experience the country's newest museum whilst celebrating the past.

A chronological timeline running though the gallery and stretching from the1800s to the present day will allow visitors to explore different eras in the borough's history. There is the opportunity hear stories contributed by local people as well as the chance to record their own thoughts and reminiscences through message boards and a digital memory room and other state of the art multi-media facilities, the museum can also be seen virtually on a specially developed website.

From the rosary used by Derek Bentley the last man in Britain to be hanged, to a bubble car manufactured in the towns' Trojan factory, from punk singer Captain Sensibles' famous beret and shades to the more everyday objects used by local people, the museum will be constantly refreshing itself as new exhibits are found. A special area is dedicated to 'Croydon Clocktower's Young Ambassadors' a group of local young people charged with producing their own exhibit which they feel is relevant to Croydon. These will be unveiled for the first time at the launch on September 21.

Sue Bowers, HLF Manager in London commented; "The museum brings together the memories and history of local people to show just how rich and diverse Croydon's past is. I have no doubt that the museum will be a big hit with local people and visitors alike, and would encourage everyone to come and explore the town's history for themselves."

Croydon Councillor Steve Hollands, cabinet member for culture and sport, said: "This is a fantastic project which I'm sure is going to valued and enjoyed by everybody who walks through the doors, be they residents or visitors to the borough.

"The museum really tells the story of our borough, and with a constantly changing collection of exhibits, there's always going to be something new to see - and that's guaranteed to reward repeat visits.

"The Museum of Croydon is a real feather in the borough's cap and it's something we should all be proud of - and tell our friends about."