PLANS are being made for people to share their views over the future of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in the new year.

Shropshire Council, which has been operating the museum as a tenant since the 1970s, will be hosting discussions about the future of the attraction following its temporary closure in June 2021 due to an E.coli outbreak.

Since the closure the council has commissioned a number of reviews of the site including health and safety, repairs and maintenance and staffing. Further staff training and the need for further investment has also been identified.

The working farm museum was the vision of Thomas Acton who established a museum demonstrating farming techniques at the turn of the century before the advent of the internal combustion engine.Visitor numbers peaked at 45,000 in 2009 with the advent of the BBC’s ‘Victorian Farm’ television show but fell sharply the following year and have been in steady decline since.