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The Coventry Music Museum

Address : The 2-Tone Village
Address : Unit 7, RO 74-80 Walsgrave Rd
Town/City : Coventry
County : Warwickshire
Country : England
Post code : CV2 4ED
Phone : 07971 171441
Web Site :  www.covmm.co.uk

From Ghost Town to Host Town



Coventry has some great museums, two Cathedrals and a fine selection of great tourist attractions. Among them is the independent award winning Coventry Music Museum.

Compact it may be, but take a look on Trip Advisor, and you will see that this is a very special place (no pun intended). "The Coventry Music Museum" Something of a success story, the museum now in its fourth year, is headed up by husband and wife team Pete Chambers BEM and Julie Chambers and their amazing team of volunteers.

"There is no book on how to create and run a music museum, we make it up as we go along. Nobody gets paid, we do it for the love of the music. Since we began we have been in the top two of Things to do in Coventry on Trip Advisor and classed as the second best museum in the West Midlands. If you think about it it's an amazing feat for such a small enterprise. We are so excited to be the City of Culture 2021, I came up with the phrase from 'Ghost Town to Host Town' many years ago and now we really are a Host town. Already we have projects planned for that very special year, to date we have had visitors from over eighty countries and over the UK, now is the time to let the world know."

Pete Chambers, Director Curator

The museum is NOT a 2-Tone museum, although 2-Tone is our unique selling point, 55% of the museum is dedicated to non-ska related displays. That looks at the music from Coventry, Rugby, Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Bedworth even touching on Birmingham in places.

The collection comprises of permanent collection including "Pre-Pop" display, charting the cities musical achievements from the Roman Occupation and The Coventry Carole and onto artist of the 1940's. All decades of popular music are included, plus a showcase of new talent in "The Artist of the Month". Each decade of Coventry & Warwickshire pop history is represented in the displays from the 1950's to the noughties. Notable displays include a reproduction 1960's record shop listening booth and a reproduction Rude Boys bedroom, based on a typical Specials, Selecter, Beat, Madness fan circa 1981.

Key artists include, T.E. Dunville, Reg Dixon, Brian Locking, Delia Derbyshire, Frank Ifield, Vince Hill, The Sorrows, Pinkerton's Colours, Lieutenant Pigeon, Jigsaw, Don Fardon, Hazel O'Connor, King, The Primitives, Fun Boy Three, Peter Waterman, The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat, Madness, Stereo Nation, Panjabi MC, Billie Myers and The Enemy.

Our Honorary Patrons are Frank Ifield, Pete Waterman OBE, Hazel O'Connor and Neville Staple. Currently there is a temporary exhibition about Neville at the museum. Where his musical career as a Special, a Fun Boy Three and a solo artist is celebrated. Visitors can take advantage of more photo opportunities and dress as Judge Roughneck and maybe have a go on the Nev-aoke.

We are a small but perfectly formed museum, with a big heart, and our feedback so far has been excellent, (for nearly four years we have been in the top two of Places on Trip Advisor for things to see in Coventry and West Midlands museums. There's lots to see and to do. You can be a three minute hero (dress up as a Rude Boy/Girl), vote on our "Wall of Hits", and be a rock star in our "hands on" music studio.

The Museum is located in The 2-Tone Village, and has a café, and vintage and new 2-Tone shop and a memorabilia shop, you will also find The Coventry Music Wall of Fame here and The wall of Ska & Reggae legends . This too, has been created by fans for fans, and is a place of pilgrimage for ska lovers.

The Coventry Music Museum recently won two Coventry Telegraph People's choice awards (Best Family Attraction and Best Independent Venue), as well as a third Trip Advisor Award of excellence for 2017. Director Curator Pete Chambers, recently received a BEM for his services to Music Volunteering and his wife Julie won a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister for her services to volunteering.

The museum is open 10.00am to 4.00pm Thursdays to Sundays. last entry at 3.30pm. Entrance fee is £3.00 for adults, £2 concessions and £1.00 for children (aged 5-15). It can be found in the Stoke, Ball Hill area of Coventry, Walsgrave Road, CV2 4HY in the 2-Tone Village. For more information go to www.covmm.co.uk or phone 07971171441


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Featured Attraction

Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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