Head of Steam encourages visitors to ‘shop local’ with new display

The Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum is urging people to “shop local” with a new display of locally produced items in the museum shop.

As part of the initiative, the museum has set aside a space in the shop, which will showcase a different small local business each month.

The museum will also be promoting the companies and their goods on social media, offering them access to an even wider potential market.

Leona White-Hannant, Museum Manager Curator explained: “We are always looking at ways to bring interesting, new products to our shop.

“The ‘shop local’ initiative is thanks to an idea from our Visitor Assistant Dave Appleby, and we’re delighted to be able to offer this great opportunity to small local companies.

“Throughout the year we will be showcasing different products, including locally produced chocolate, toiletries, posters, and leather, denim, wood, paper and fabric items and accessories.”

The first “shop local” display, which will run throughout February, is from Delightfully Denim and will feature a variety of repurposed handmade denim items, including key rings, bookmarks and cushion.

Sarah Ball, the owner of Delightfully Denim, said: “When I saw the opportunity to have Delightfully Denim in the shop at Head of Steam I jumped at the chance.

“It’s difficult as a small business to get your products seen and into people’s homes – the museum has given me the opportunity to let lots of new potential customers see and buy my creations.”

You can find out more about the Head of Steam and the shop local incentive on their website.

Source: Darlington Borough Council

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