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Dereham Co-op shoppers help Watton Museum reach appeal target

PUBLISHED: 10:31 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:31 30 November 2017

Mike Read, Dereham Co-op Manager (left), with John and Jackie Greenbrook, Museum 4 Watton trustees, and two other Co-op employees. Photo: Museum 4 Watton

Mike Read, Dereham Co-op Manager (left), with John and Jackie Greenbrook, Museum 4 Watton trustees, and two other Co-op employees. Photo: Museum 4 Watton

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The Dereham branch of Co-op has presented the Watton museum with more than a thousand pounds for their campaign to digitise historic records.

The Watton Museum are appealing for funds to digitise the historic Court Baron Minute books. Photo: Museum 4 WattonThe Watton Museum are appealing for funds to digitise the historic Court Baron Minute books. Photo: Museum 4 Watton

On Saturday November 25, Mike Read, store manager, presented members of the Museum 4 Watton group with a cheque for £1,376.19.

The group are fundraising to digitise the Court Baron Minute books, making these unique records available to the public for research.

These books date from 1670 to the 1920s and were given to the museum last year. They provide a detailed history of the manor of Watton Hall.

Trustee John Greenbrook said: “To have the documents easily accessible to everyone will be a great asset when the museum opens in March 2018.

The records provide a unique and detailed history of the manor of Watton Hall. Photo: Museum 4 WattonThe records provide a unique and detailed history of the manor of Watton Hall. Photo: Museum 4 Watton

“We are most grateful to the customers of Dereham Co-op for voting for our cause.”

The group will be bringing their pop-up museum to the Watton Christmas Market on December 3, where they hope to meet people who want to donate items to the museum.

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