The Salvation Army was founded by William and Catherine Booth in the East End of London in July 1965 and the museum is gearing up to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding. Nottingham, the birthplace of the founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth, is set to honor Booth by holding an Honorary Freeman's Day on 22 June 2015. On that day, the city will be honoring William Booth and all the other people who have been awarded the Freedom of the City of Nottingham. The day will start with the launch of a mini exhibition about William Booth, which will be on public display at Nottingham Council House from 22 June - 27 July 2015 (free entry). Living honorary freemen will visit several important sites around Nottingham, including the William Booth Bithplace Museum, and they will enact their right to drive sheep over the Trent Bridge by leading a live ram through the city!
The museum is extending its opening hours for one week (6-10 July 2015) during the anniversary and will offer guided walks of the William Booth Trail around Nottingham and host two historians' talks on the lives of William and Catherine Booth and the history of The Salvation Army. Please contact the museum directly for more information.