Call for a museum to keep hold of Flintshire's history


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

HISTORIC relics found in Flintshire leave the county because of a lack of a landmark museum.

That is the view of historian Charles Evans-Gunther, 65, who claims that without a permanent home in the county, historical discoveries originated in Flintshire, such as Mold’s Gold Cape, continue to be taken to sites further afield to be put on display.

A replica of the Cape sits in Mold Library with the original artefact stored away at the British Museum in London.

Mr Evans-Gunther, of Flint, said: “What worries me is discoveries related to the history of Flintshire have disappeared to Cardiff.

“The area we now call Flintshire has a history that dates back to the Palaeolithic period, perhaps more than 10,000 years.

“The history of Flintshire is very long and yet Flintshire has no museum to study and display objects that have been discovered in this area.”

Mr Evans-Gunther, who specialises in 14th century history, said the only exceptional repository nearby is based in Wrexham, with small items placed on display in Mold Library. There are also two other museums in the county, situated in Buckley and Holywell.

The historian also said he expected the Anglo Saxon strap-end discovered by Mold Historical Search Society in 2012 would more than likely end in up in storage.

“History may not be considered important when there are so many financial problems in the 21st century but in my opinion history is important,” he said.

“A museum of Flintshire would be a great benefit to the county. Not only from an educational point of view but also for tourism.

“Look at what history Flintshire has, think about the loss of the Golden Cape to London and that is just the tip of an iceberg.

“Flintshire should have its own museum, a centre for the study of our long and interesting past.”

Calls for a landmark museum in Flintshire were heard back in 2010 when Mold councillor Chris Bithell said the old courthouse in the town would make a suitable location for the Mold Cape.

Chairman of Rhydymywyn Valley History Society, Colin Barber, said two sites could work if done properly.

“There are hangers on Deeside Industrial Park that could be used or the John Summers building in Shotton. Apart from these, there is no suitable floor space or footprint for a museum.”

Mr Barber added he did not expect First World War plane wings taken from a building in Connah’s Quay to be seen again now they had reached at an RAF Museum.

“They won’t be touched again and everybody says we should have a museum in Flintshire but then says where should it go?

“In my experience, nobody will do anything about getting a museum in Flintshire. They’ll talk about it but do nothing.”

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