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Heritage village closes its doors
Derventio park
The Derventio Heritage park opened in August
A Derby museum that cost more than 1m to build has been closed temporarily only months after it opened.

The Derventio Heritage Village has experienced low visitor numbers, as well as difficulties with its electricity supplies.

Anthony Baines, of Derwent Delivers - a government-backed body which has been asked to rescue the project - said he hoped the museum would open again soon.

Attractions include a Viking village, Celtic roundhouse and model Roman fort.

Corn grinding

The project, which opened in August 2006, had setbacks with the planning permission for the site, long delays in securing the lease and a dispute over the electricity supply.

Mr Baines said: "Those setbacks prevented it from opening at the beginning of the tourist season - it has not had the opportunity to trade properly.

"We are hoping to come up with an action plan to secure its future. We have to learn from our mistakes and move forward."

The museum did host several school visits and had more than 500 visitors on its opening day, he said.

Re-enactments were staged at the park along with corn grinding, bread baking, thatching, construction of buildings and walls with wattle-and-daub and spinning and weaving.

Derwent Community Team, which manages the government's New Deal for Communities regeneration programme in Derby and invested 859,000 in the project, has asked Derwent Delivers Ltd to step in.

The project is owned and operated by the Derventio Heritage Village Ltd.

The Derventio Heritage Village's board of directors said in a statement: "We are distressed that the setbacks the project has suffered have prevented us from fulfilling our vision and objectives."




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