Weston Museum is another step closer to the start of the Heritage Lottery Fund refurbishment project.
On Saturday 18th April 2015, the museum will open its doors for the last time until the refurbishment project is completed in August 2017. The Town Council has removed the entrance charge for this day and invites all well-wishers, local residents and families to join in celebrating the success of the £1 million HLF award.
This will be the last opportunity to visit and experience the museum in its current design and layout which has been part of the Weston scene for the past 41 years. Though the building will be shutting its doors, a museum service will continue. Staff and volunteers will be creating flexible displays for use in community buildings and at events such as fêtes and bazaars, and museum-led talks will also be available to community groups in Weston and surrounding villages.
Museum enquiries will still continue to be dealt with by staff who will be based in Clara’s Cottage, next door to the museum and contact details will remain as current: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01934 621028. Details of the refurbishment progress will be on line at www.westonmuseum.org. From mid-May there will also be a progress display at the Helicopter Museum.
The entire museum collection will be packed and transferred to the modern purpose-built Heritage Centre in Taunton for the duration of building works, where research access will be available by appointment through the South West Heritage Trust.
There will be plenty of volunteer opportunities available during the museum’s closed period and anybody interested in volunteering is asked to contact the Museum Supervisor, Katherine Cutlan, at either the museum, or Clara’s Cottage.
The Town Clerk, Malcolm Nicholson said: “This is a very exciting time for Weston Museum and the Town Council would like to thank all who have given professional and volunteer support since we took ownership of the museum in 2011. We are particularly pleased to put on record the tremendous support which has come from the public, schools, local residents and the media”