05/02/2008 12:10, Report by Steve Bartram

Munich display extended

The Manchester United Museum has extended its Munich exhibition to commemorate this week's 50th anniversary of the disaster.

After months of graft and extensive research by the curators, the new display shows an immense back catalogue of items previously too numerous to see the light of day.

“We’ve always had a permanent display on the Munich air disaster, but it’s always been a bit too small for the volume of items we’ve been collecting,” says curator Mark Wylie.

“We’ve been getting plenty of new items, some of which have come to us even though we’ve not been actively looking for them.”

From international caps collected by members of the Busby Babes through to the telegraph sent by Duncan Edwards just prior to the crash, the museum’s collection of artefacts now tells an even more detailed story of the Babes and the events of 6 February, 1958.

“Our job is to showcase the history of Manchester United, and Munich is a huge part of that,” admits Wylie. “This extended display means that we give people a real insight into how colossal and tragic an event it was.”

For those who would like to learn more about the Munich air disaster and the Busby Babes, the club’s museum - located in Old Trafford's North Stand - is open every day from 9:30am until 5pm. You can reserve your visit by calling 0870 442 1994 (option 3).

Fans may also wish to visit a Munich exhibition at The National Football Museum at Preston's Deepdale Stadium. This will be open until 2 March.


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