EASTWOOD’S D.H Lawrence Birthplace Museum has been awarded a VisitEngland Hidden Gem Accolade, received as part of VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme.

Assessors who visited praised the Museum for its exceptionally interesting tour, the outstanding knowledge and enthusiasm and great visitor care displayed by the staff, the intriguing human interest information provided and the overall high level of presentation and maintenance of the museum.

Councillor Shane Easom, Chair of the Leisure and Environment Committee said: “We are delighted with this accolade and it’s a credit to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes that ensures that visitors have a great experience when they visit.”

“It takes a dedicated team working on collections management, interpretation, research, visitor engagement, not to mention a museum, exhibitions space and a gift shop. It is evident that you don’t have to be a fan of Lawrence to enjoy a visit and receiving the accolade helps to confirm this. We hope this accolade will encourage more visitors to seek out this place of significant cultural interest.”

The museum is tucked away on a neatly cobbled street, behind the main shopping area of Eastwood and so is somewhat ‘hidden’.

The authentically restored Victorian house in which D.H. Lawrence was born and lived until he was two years of age is much bigger inside than first assumed. In each room there is meticulous attention to the style of the period, nothing is roped off and combined with the fully guided tour visitors receive an immersive experience of life in a Victorian household. D.H. Lawrence is one of the most famous and often controversial writers of the 20th century and if you are a fan, then a visit to the museum and the area is a must.

The museum is also a starting point to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside, which inspired so much of Lawrence’s work, and the Blue Line Trail; an urban walk taking you by other points of interest relating to Lawrence.

The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is an award winning visitor attraction in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire (not far from junction 26 of the M1 and the IKEA retail park). It combines D.H. Lawrence’s authentically recreated childhood home, with an exhibition space celebrating the author’s life, work and humble beginnings. From here you can also explore the surrounding countryside, which inspired his work.

The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. For more information, please contact the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum on (0115) 9173824, email dhlawrence@liberty-leisure.org.uk or visit www.liberty-leisure.org.uk/dhlawrence Facilities include a charming gift shop, tea and coffee, and a picnic area.