Heritage centre extension plan to boost town tourism

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Efforts are being made to extend Sudbury’s Heritage Centre in a move designed to increase visitors to the town.

Space is available to increase the size of the centre, which is based at the town hall, following Sudbury Town Council’s decision to keep the Tourist Information Centre at the library in Market Hill earlier this year.

It is hoped a room at the town hall, which is just to the left of the Heritage centre and museum, could be used for new displays about the town’s history or to exhibit art work.

Nigel Bennett, a member of the Sudbury Museum Heritage Trust, said: “This is something which we could use to attract tourists to the town.

“The trustees are keen in terms of wanting more space and the same applies to the town’s ephemera group.”

The extension would require funding and members of the town council’s leisure and environment committee, which met on Tuesday, have agreed to approach Babergh District Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund for support.

If successful one of the new exhibits could include a model of a Zeppelin which dropped a bomb on Sudbury in 1916 during the First World War.

“This is a way of bringing people back down Gaol Lane and is about getting more of our history and heritage on display,” said Mr Bennett.

“I think we have an opportunity here and we have to think long and hard about it.”