London 2012: Much Wenlock museum showing Olympic links reopens

Much Wenlock
Image caption A London 2012 mascot has been named after the town of Much Wenlock

A refurbished museum in a town considered to have played a role in inspiring the modern Olympic movement has been officially reopened.

Minister for Tourism and Heritage John Penrose carried out the ceremony at Much Wenlock Museum in Shropshire on Thursday morning.

It includes the archives of William Penny Brookes, acknowledged as one of the fathers of the modern Olympics.

The museum was revamped thanks to a £520,800 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The Wenlock Olympian Society was founded in Much Wenlock in 1850 by Dr Penny Brookes, who started the town's Olympian Games.

Baron Pierre de Coubertin visited him, witnessed the games and subsequently founded the International Olympic Committee in 1894.

Former Olympic triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards launched the London 2012 mascot Wenlock in the Shropshire town in March 2010.

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