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Museum gets a political visit

Created on 15/03/2012 @ 15:26

Former politician Tony Benn paid a visit to the museum of one of Newtown's famous sons before taking to the stage at Hafren.

Mr Benn was in town as part of his UK tour but wanted to visit the museum dedicated to social reformer and founder of the Co-Operative movement, Robert Owen, while in town.

With 2012 marking the International Year of Co-operation, the former Labour politician, peace campaigner, writer and visionary came face-to-face with the life mask of Robert Owen, a man with whom he shares many of the same values.

Robert Owen had a long and remarkable life in which he touched many lives and was instrumental in movements including the birth of Trade Unions and the establishment of the first co-operatives.

A pioneer and social reformer, Robert Owen was born in Newtown in 1771 and died in the town in 1858. The Robert Owen Museum is situated next to the Town Council offices in the heart of the town and is dedicated to his memory, housing a fascinating collection of artefacts and documents connected to him.

Mr Benn met with museum curator Pat Brandwood and was given a tour of the museum. He also talked over lunch about the life of Robert Owen and his own contemporary vision of the world.

Commenting on the illustrious visitor, Pat said: "I have always wanted to meet Tony Benn and I was not disappointed. Tony is a real fan of Robert Owen and made the most of his visit. He was full of praise for the Museum and its new layout and lighting."

The Robert Owen Museum in Newtown is open from 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday.