Museum man Tim: ‘Many people still unaware we exist’

The chairman of a history society has complained that many people are still unaware of its museum – even though it was opened almost three years ago.

Tring’s former livestock market was converted into Tring Museum at a cost of about £250,000, funded mostly by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It was opened in September 2010.

But Tring and District Local History and Museum Society chairman Tim Amsden said: “I am conscious that still a great deal of people in town are unaware of our existence.

“Everybody knows about the Natural History Museum. Sometimes I ask people if they have been to our museum and they immediately start talking about stuffed animals.”

Tring Museum – which is free to enter and open from 10am to 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays – has just four names in its visitors book, which goes back to December 2012.

Mr Amsden has made a space for temporary exhibitions at the Brook Street venue, so there will always be something new for visitors to look at.

He said: “There have only been two days in our existence when absolutely nobody has come in. I am not at all displeased with the level of attendance that we get. I said to the Heritage Lottery Fund that we might get 2,000 visitors a year, we have actually had 4,000 a year – more than I expected.”