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Museum explores animals in Chesterfield’s past

Visitors to Chesterfield Museum can find out more animals with links to Chesterfield in an exhibition currently open.

The exhibition, named Chesterfield Menagerie, runs at the popular Chesterfield Borough Council attraction until Saturday 1 October.

On display is a wide variety of objects, including a horse’s head cast at Staveley Works, animal themed pottery made in Brampton and the royal coat of arms that was on display in the former Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court.

There is also a range of photographs, including of the elephants marching down Chatsworth Road when the circus came to town.

For younger visitors, there are activities including guess the animal sound in the sound wall or follow the animal paw print trail.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy said: “Many of us love animals but we would be surprised how many of them have links to Chesterfield’s past.

“This exhibition is a fun way for young and old to learn how animals have featured in the borough’s history.”

Chesterfield Museum is open each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

First published on 22 July 2016 Last updated on 07 July 2017