Visit to Ludlow's museum uncovers truly mammoth historical timeline

Visit to Ludlow's museum uncovers truly mammoth historical timeline

Inspecting a mammoth bone.

An ancient fossil.

An ancient TV set!

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OUTGOING High Sheriff of Shropshire, Diana Flint, paid a visit to the Resource Centre at Ludlow Library and the museum in Castle Square ahead of its move to the historic Buttercross.

She was shown some of the display of items all with intriguing links to the area’s past at the resource centre, before visiting the Buttercross and the museum.

Daniel Lockett, Shropshire Museum facilities manager, told the high sheriff how he helped with the discovery of mammoth bones in Shropshire.

“As a boy I went to help dig them up and now I get to look after them,” said Mr Lockett. “Scientifically they are really important. They are one of Shropshire’s jewels. South Shropshire is renowned as an interesting geological site.

"Ludlow is a name that is known to geologists worldwide.”

Other items included an old vacuum cleaner used in the museum itself as recently as 10 years ago which has become part of the collection. Also in storage is a TV donated by Howard Cheese, a museum assistant for nearly 40 years. The set was made by Pye in 1957.

At Castle Square the high sheriff looked at a display dedicated to Dr Henry Hickman, one of the pioneers of modern medicine. He conceived the idea of anaesthetising patients to operate without pain.

The high sheriff was joined by mayor Jim Smithers, deputy mayor Paul Draper, and Friends of Ludlow Museum chair Lottie James.

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