A crowd-funding campaign to raise £5,000 has been launched by Northamptonshire Heritage Centre in a bid to find a permanent home.
The money will be used as part of the first phase of developing a heritage park showcasing artefacts of county life from Neolithic times to the 20th Century.
The four-acre facility, which will be located on land on the banks of the River Nene close to Billing Aquadrome, will house a purpose-built museum for the Hollowell Collection of 3000-plus items. This was put together over 40 years by a local archaeologist, the late Richard Hollowell and his two sons – Robert and Steven.
Visitors would also benefit from learning opportunities for children, rare breed animals and heritage river boat trips.
Having previously obtained outline planning permission, the NHC project is the subject of a number of grant funding applications towards the first phase of building which will be a visitor centre. The £5,000 crowd funding target will take the project to full planning consent, with detailed designs. Any money raised beyond that will go towards the next phase of the project.
Chairman of the board of trustees, Dr Steven Hollowell, said: “Our crowd funding drive is a step on a long journey, a journey that our trustees have tirelessly believed in for over 20 years.
“We want local history to inspire future generations, and to be able to do that, our collection needs a fit-for-purpose home where we can preserve our past.
“We have a large collection of artefacts ranging from a miniature Iron Age ceremonial dagger to historic tractors; WW1 artefacts and intriguing tools like a bell hangers gimlet! This will be a centre for the entire Northamptonshire community.
“We would truly appreciate your support. The proceeds from this appeal will fund the design and planning fees. We can then move on to the first building phase,” Dr Hollowell added.
Donations can be made by visiting https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/user/login/refer:northamptonshire-heritage-centre-1
For more information about the NHC, visit www.northamptonshireheritagecentre.org