Coventry Music Museum is a ‘number one’ hit

This week, Coventry Music Museum is celebrating after being named the number one museum in the West Midlands.

The venue, in Ball Hill, which pays homage to Coventry’s contribution to music, announced it has been rated the number one museum in the West Midlands as well as being the most voted place to go in Coventry on Trip Advisor.

Museum director, Julie Chambers said: “It’s just incredible to be in this position, we have been tops in Coventry for about two years now, but being the top rated museum in the West Midlands is a tremendous achievement for us and for the city of Coventry.

“It means that we are ahead of attractions like the Black Country Museum, The Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum and even Cadbury World. Not bad for a museum with a tiny infrastructure and no paid staff.”

The independent museum, is staffed entirely by hardworking volunteers and since it opened it’s doors just two years ago, it has attracted guests from 55 countries and recently welcomed it’s 9000th visitor.

Curator Pete Chambers was recently honoured on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List and awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for his volunteer work at the museum.

Pete Chambers was awarded a BEM for his volunteer work - Image courtesy of Coventry Music Museum

Pete Chambers was awarded a BEM for his volunteer work – Image courtesy of Coventry Music Museum

He said: “I had the dream of a Coventry Music Museum for many years, I felt it would go well if we could make it happen, but I never expected such success.

“We have an amazing team of volunteers. We love them, and so does the public, everyone is treated like a pop star at our museum. People who visit can’t believe just how much great music came out of our region. It’s exciting times for Coventry especially with the City of Culture bid, and we offer our total support to that of course.”

A permanent display dedicated to electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire has just been launched.

The museum is also opening On Bass: Sire Horace Gentleman, a temporary exhibition dedicated to The Specials’ bass guitarist on February 28.

Rhiannon Everton

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