Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:56

Great Torrington Heritage Museum – looking for help to complete the next phase

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We have had a good summer although we were operating in two sites, the Market House and the reception area in the main museum. We do thank our volunteers for all their cheerfulness and knowledge which can be seen in the comments in our visitors book.

How many of you who live in Torrington have been into the museum?

A small group of us have brought the museum from a small country museum situated in the Town Hall to where it is now. We are now embarking on the next phase which is to bring it into the 21st century and this is where we need your help. Running a museum these days is like organizing a business, were we do need special expertise and skills. Perhaps you have done a risk assessment, or looked after Fire protection in the work place. Could you help us by doing one of these items? It would be a massive help. We also need somebody to look after the copyright and the new Data protection laws. Also someone who would like to organize a group to help with events, talks and exhibitions and fund raising. I know it is a long list,  however some of our volunteers are looking after the Health and Safety and Safe guarding aspects and others are hoping to engage with the schools. Perhaps the schools themselves could come and talk to us. There must be many people living in the houses round Torrington hiding their knowledge and skills away, we need you.

As I have said before this is a community museum supported by the Town Council. We have had many grants from organisations to put us where we are now. However the major grant is now with the Heritage Lottery and the other week we did have a very good meeting with them, but there is still much work to be done with engaging with different organisations in the town. We also have to show there are many people in the town helping to sustain and move the museum forward.

The museum is one of the major tourist’s attractions for the Town and if we fail to move ahead, due to lack of commitment by people in the town, it will be one of the saddest days for the town.

Please do not just read this and dismiss it as not important, but come and speak to us we really do need your help. Please become an advisor to the museum.

Moving the museum forward depends on each one of us in Great Torrington.

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