Eastwood’s DH Lawrence museum hailed as hidden gem

The well-preserved parlour at the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Eastwood.
The well-preserved parlour at the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Eastwood.

One of Eastwood’s main tourist attractions has been hailed as a hidden gem that is an outstanding place to visit.

The DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum on Victoria Street, which is dedicated to the world-renowned writer, has scooped an award in the visitor-attraction quality scheme run by the VisitEngland organisation.

The Hidden Gem Accolade was given to the museum after assessors praised the “exceptionally interesting” tour they received on a visit last year.

The assessors also noted the excellent “knowledge, enthusiasm and visitor-care displayed by the staff”, the “intriguing human-interest information” provided and the overall high level of presentation and maintenance of the museum.

Coun Shane Easom, chairman of Broxtowe Borough Council’s leisure and environment committee, said: “We are delighted with this accolade. It’s a credit to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, which ensures visitors have a great experience.

“It takes a dedicated team to achieve this. They work on collections management, interpretation, research and visitor engagement, not to mention a museum, exhibitions space and gift shop.

“It is evident that you don’t have to be a fan of Lawrence to visit. We hope this accolade will encourage more visitors to seek out this place of significant cultural interest.”

The museum, which is open from 10 am to 4 pm every Tuesday to Saturday, has been created at the home where Lawerence was born in 1885. It gives visitors an insight into his childhood and the community he grew up in, which so shaped his writing. In each room, there is meticuluous attention to detail, reflecting the style of the period.

VisitEngland classed it as ‘hidden’ because it is neatly tucked away on a cobbled street, behind the main shopping area of what is a small town.