Melton Carnegie Museum's new wing sees first visitors

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Visitors can explore aspects of rural life through interactive technology

The new wing of a Leicestershire museum has welcomed its first visitors.

Melton Carnegie Museum has now doubled in size thanks to £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Leicestershire County Council.

The museum now features interactive technologies to help visitors explore modern and traditional rural life, and how the Melton countryside has changed.

Principal curator Philip Warren said the exhibition might prove very emotive.

He said: "What happens in the borough actually reflects what's happening nationally in terms of issues that people are feeling about their lives in rural Britain, the challenges, the opportunities, the things that make people feel a bit nervous, the things that people are sentimental about or are nostalgic about."

Funding of £969,000 for the project came from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with the remainder coming from Leicestershire County Council and Melton Borough Council.

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