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Don't just book it, Thomas Cook it: Journeys around the World

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Don't just book it, Thomas Cook it: Journeys around the World


Don't just book it, Thomas Cook it: Journeys around the World

The exhibition explores Leicester as the 'birthplace of popular tourism'.

Tourism in Leicester began in 1841 when Thomas Cook organised a day trip to Loughborough for members of his Baptist Church. A party of 485 travelled to Loughborough, on the Midland Counties Railway, in open tub-style carriages. It marks the day of what was to become the oldest travel company in the UK until its demise in 2019.

The exhibition explores the history of the man and the company through objects and material from the museum collections and the Thomas Cook Archive.

The Thomas Cook Archive has recently become part of the collection at The Records Office, Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland.

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New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7EA

Tel: +44 (0) 1162254900

Opening Times

Exhibition Date: (11 July 2020 - 18 Oct 2020)
Monday - Friday11:00 - 16:30
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00



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Saturday, 13 June 2020 - Sunday, 18 October 2020

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