The Peel Society celebrated the official opening of their new museum at Middleton Hall on Thursday, 11th August. The new display has two large murals. One explains the seven Robert Peels, six of whom were baronets and lived at Drayton Manor. The second one explains the political successes of the second baronet, Sir Robert Peel.
Moving the unique collection of Peel memorabilia into one room gives the visitor a much more interesting display of the artefacts. One new exhibit to the museum is a bath robe of Beatrice Lillie, the great actress and comedienne of the 1920s to 50s. Why? She was married to Sir Robert Peel No.5 and was thus Lady Peel. She was so proud of her title that she had the lion in the Peel crest embroidered on her pink bath robe! She was the last Lady Peel of the direct line.
The new mural was unveiled by Matthew Ellis, Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and was much admired by the members and guests. After dinner, Matthew Ellis gave an illuminating talk about the job of Commissioner. He particularly emphasised the need for police forces to keep to their budgets and to introduce the latest technology to enable more police presence on the streets. He also informed the guests on the challenge of crime on the internet and the exploitation of children.
The new museum is open between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Middleton Hall, B78 2AE on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from April 1st 2017 until October 1st 2017.