Coventry Music Museum celebrates 10th anniversary

A vinyl covered in music records
The museum features a vinyl with references to the local music scene in Coventry

A museum dedicated to sharing a city's music legacy has celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Coventry Music Museum opened in 2013 and pays homage to homegrown bands such as The Specials and The Selecter with exhibitions retelling their stories.

The museum opens only on Thursdays and Fridays, is run entirely by volunteers and relies on donations from the public.

Founder Pete Chambers said 10 years at the museum had been "incredible".

The attraction, based in the Two-Tone village in the Ball Hill area of the city, marked its anniversary this weekend.

"I've always had this dream of putting a place in Coventry that celebrates the music," Mr Chambers said.

An exhibition showing a bedroom with a wall covered in posters
The exhibit features a bedroom with magazines and walls covered in posters

This year it won the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice award for best things to do in the city for the ninth year in a row.

One of the museum's most popular attractions is the Ghost Town car, which appeared in The Specials' 1981 music video.

Mr Chambers added: "To be able to sit in that car, it means so much to people. The joy on their faces when they actually get to press the buttons and make all the noises.

"It's just a wonderful experience."

Bedroom exhibition featuring arty desk
The bedroom exhibition features a desk with alcohol, cassettes and a desk lamp

The latest exhibition pays tribute to The Primitives and the parents of the band's lead singer, Tracy Tracy, also volunteer in the museum.

"Our volunteers are our heartbeat, they mean so much to us. The knowledge base that we have here with all the different people is great," Mr Chambers said.

Tributes to the late Vince Hill and Terry Hall are prominent, as well as the tape machine used by Delia Derbyshire to create the Doctor Who theme song.

Mr Chambers added: "It's been incredible, thousands of people have come through our doors."


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