Museum’s own high street boasts a much-loved name

Ronnie Wright and Colin Seal

Ronnie Wright and Colin Seal - Credit: submitted

Visitors are being encouraged to take a step back in time in Sheringham.

Blyth & Wright Ironmongers, Sheringham.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Blyth & Wright Ironmongers, Sheringham.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Local artist Colin Seal has completed an historic street scene at the town's Mo museum.

It now includes a 1920s replica of Blyth and Wright Ironmongers – which is still trading today.

To celebrate the re-opening of the museum high street scene to the public, Ronnie Wright, owner of Blyth and Wrights ironmongers, was invited to the museum with his son Chris to view the work and pose with a life-size cut out.

The museum has also been donated a mangle which had been in the window display of Blyth and Wright for the past 10 years, along with a selection of current ironmongery still sold in the shop.

Ronnie, who is now in his mid-80s, was delighted with the work Mr Seal had done and grateful to the museum for adding his shop to their display of other notable Sheringham businesses, including Pratt the Sadlers and Cadman the Chemist.

Museum manager Philip Miles said: 'The strange doorway to nowhere was a legacy of the old Mo building which was never designed to be a museum and never really felt part of the museum displays.

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'Colin has done an amazing job this winter for us in keeping true to the historic appearance of the shop front scene – including choosing colours used in the 1920s and applying his heritage signwriitng skills with a 1920s font.

'We were delighted that Mr Wright was able to join us in celebrating this addition to our high street.'

The work was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other donors as part of the redevelopment project at the museum which is now nearing completion.

The Sheringham museum permanent galleries reopened to the public two weeks ahead of schedule last month.

The Mo is currently putting the finishing touches to its new £1.4 million Education, Archive and Exhibition centre which is scheduled to open on July 1 with an exhibition about the local and national knitting drive during the First World War.

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