A disused old red telephone box in Warley, West Yorkshire, has been transformed into what might be the world’s smallest museum.
Members of Warley Community Association, highly skilled local artists and historians have worked together for the past year to renovate and transform the redundant British telephone box into a showcase of local history. They filled it with local historical artefacts, including old photographs, glass etchings and personal items such as antique fashion pieces and jewellery. With the growth of mobile phone usage, phone booths across the UK have little or no role to play any more, so telecoms company BT came up with an Adopt a Kiosk scheme for communities.
This scheme has, so far, seen more than 3500 communities across the UK adopting the redundant phone boxes in their area for £1, and seizing the opportunity to do something special with them.
Various local authorities have applied to transform kiosks into cafés, mini-shops, libraries and shoe-shine stands. In Cheltenham, ten red phone boxes have been transformed into miniature art galleries, showcasing the work of local artists, while The Community Heartbeat Trust has installed defibrillators in phone boxes across the country.
The Warley phone booth is the one and only conversion of a BT telephone box to a museum in the UK so far, and an application has been made for it to be entered into the Guinness World Records.