A new expansion of Sudbury Heritage Centre, dedicated to local historian Anthony Wheeler, is almost ready to open to the public.
The picture slideshows are being finalised and artefacts positioned before the interactive museum officially opens on May 16 as part of an expansion of the heritage centre, which sits within Sudbury Town Council in Gaol Lane.
Sudbury Museum Trust secretary David Burnett said the £30,000 expansion was made possible with help from the town council and a generous donation from Mr Wheeler, who died in 2012 after a battle with cancer.
“This room is really in memory and in thanks to Mr Wheeler,” he said.
After admiring the existing heritage displays, which pay homage to the town’s history, visitors will be able to walk through a new “time tunnel” with screens activated by sensors displaying pictures of a bygone Sudbury.
The extensive archive, which is also available through the Sudbury Museum Trust website, includes around 1,000 photographs.
Inside the new room, which once housed the tourist information centre, there are two more interactive screens, as well as various artefacts, to bring the history to life.
“To give us more display space, we have got three screens – two of which will be interactive,” said Mr Burnett.
He encouraged people to have a look through attics and storage for artefacts relating to Sudbury which could be lent to the centre for display.