Shropshire

Much Wenlock museum reopens to showcase Olympic links

A museum in the Shropshire town considered to have played a role in inspiring the modern Olympic movement is reopening after a £500,000 refurbishment.

A museum in the Shropshire town considered to have played a role in inspiring the modern Olympic movement is reopening after a £500,000 refurbishment.

Much Wenlock Museum was awarded £520,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The museum holds the archives of William Penny Brookes, who in 1850 founded the Wenlock Olympian Society and launched the town's Olympian Games.

Justice of the peace

Dr William Penny Brookes
The Wenlock Games were founded by Dr William Penny Brookes

One of the 2012 mascots has already taken its name from the town.

The Olympic torch relay will pass through Much Wenlock on 30 May.

William Penny Brookes was a highly regarded doctor, justice of the peace, botanist, and a keen advocate of the benefits of physical education.

Baron Pierre de Coubertin visited him, witnessed the games and subsequently founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894.

The improvement project includes new exhibitions and heritage walks which focus on the Olympian and geological heritage of the area.

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