Canaries' memorabilia museum on hold

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:28 10 September 2010

Lucy Bolton

The opening of a memorabilia museum at Carrow Road to keep the Canaries' history alive for future generations will have to wait until the club makes it back to the Premiership, it has been claimed.

The opening of a memorabilia museum at Carrow Road to keep the Canaries' history alive for future generations will have to wait until the club makes it back to the Premiership, it has been claimed.

The plan to open the museum is still on the agenda but Roy Blower, a life-long City fan and a member of the Norwich City Historical Trust, which holds the memorabilia collection, said the dream would probably have to be put on hold until promotion becomes a reality.

And with Norwich City hovering precariously above the end of season relegation dogfight, that dream may be further off than anyone wants.

Mr Blower said: “It's disappointing because everyone would like to see a memorabilia museum charting the history of the club, but the club needs all the money available at the moment.

“We will probably have to wait until Norwich get back into the Premiership, where all the money is, unless a benefactor with a lot of money suddenly appears.”

Joe Ferrari, head of media at Norwich City Football Club, said: “The Norwich City Historical Trust (a registered charity) is committed to helping to preserve the heritage of the club. One of its core objectives remains the establishment of a permanent museum at Carrow Road, when the timing and cost of the project are appropriate.”

Programmes, medals, players' contracts and old Pink 'Un cuttings make up some of the thousands of items in the collection held by the trust.

The collection is stored at Carrow Road, but the trust hopes it will one day form the basis of a purpose-built museum.

In 2005, the Evening News reported how the loan of memorabilia from “Mr Norwich City” Geoffrey Watling, who died aged 91 in November 2004, boosted the work of the trust.

The trust relies on donations, although it gets half the proceeds from an auction held at the Canaries' annual open day with the rest of the money going to Friends Of Norwich City Youth.

As the Evening News reported last year, a precious addition to the historic haul included a collection of items belonging to Percy Varco, who scored 47 goals for the Canaries in 65 games between 1927 and 1930.

t What do you think of the plans for a museum at Carrow Road? Write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email www.eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

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