Selectus mementoes boost Biddulph Museum

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Museum curator Robert Worrall with local childrenWith work just started on the first showhome, these are busy times at Bovis Homes' new Uplands Mill development in Biddulph.

But site manager Craig Galley took time out of his schedule to visit nearby Oxhey First School where he handed over artefacts taken from the site to the curator of the local museum and gave pupils a close-up look at some local history in the process.

Uplands Mill is being built on land previously occupied by the former ribbon manufacturer Selectus and Bovis Homes have been delighted to pass on some items that were recently discovered there to the Biddulph Museum. These include old signs, photographs and a sewing machine.

Meanwhile work continues apace on building the new homes, with the showhome, due to open in October, soon to offer local homebuyers an opportunity to view the quality of property that will be built there.

"We are, of course, aware of the area's proud history and now we are building new Bovis Homes on the land we are bringing our own economic boost to the area as well as providing much-needed new homes," said Bovis Homes Regional Build Director Iain Fleming. "During construction we are creating around five jobs per house and are committed to working closely with the local community as we do so.

"Donating these items is part of that commitment as we recognise the heritage of the area where we are building. When we came to the site it was derelict and vulnerable to vandals and we are taking great pride in transforming it into an attractive community with a wide mix of homes for local people, from first-time buyers to growing families and including 65 affordable homes to be managed by a local Housing Association."

Museum curator Robert Worrall has posted images of the new exhibits on the museum's website and was delighted to add them to the collection.

"These will be super items that will start many people talking about the past when they are shown in schools and in displays due to the significance of Selectus in the history of our town," said Robert.

"I knew there were signs at the site as I only live around the corner, but did not know anything else was there. When I asked the site manager about the sign, I mentioned that if they did find anything else that would be good for the museum to let me know and I'm very grateful to Bovis Homes that they've done just that."