In July, Weston Society of Arts approached Weston-super-Mare Town Council with an offer to support the Weston Museum refurbishment project. The Society has been part of Weston’s cultural life since the 1950s, with its popular programme of talks on art, theatre, music, poetry and history, often inviting guest speakers from a far distance, but after 60 years has decided to call it a day and has generously donated remaining funds of £3,330 to support Weston Museum’s refurbishment project, along with the Society’s collection of programmes, which will be stored in the Heritage Centre in Taunton.
Expressing gratitude, the Town Council and Weston Society of Arts agreed the money will be used for a custom-made plinth to hold the marble busts of Joseph Edgar, Thomas Tutton, Edward Smyth-Pigott and John Hugh Smyth-Pigott in the Museum’s new Art Gallery and to create an interactive facility in the Seaside Gallery, as well as provide furniture for sensory disabled children to support a learning and interaction programme.
In expressing thanks Cllr John Crockford-Hawley, Chairman of the Museum Working Party said “I feel sure the Society’s members will be pleased their funds are being put to sound use in the furtherance of art and understanding in Weston-super-Mare and I look forward to welcoming them into the refurbished Museum and its Art Gallery in 2017”
The Society has also purchased two engraved wooden cobbles, one with their logo and one to commemorate Robert J Leaker, long time treasurer and devoted member.
Town Clerk Malcolm Nicholson said “we are delighted to have support of the Weston Society of Arts which has been such an important group in the town for over 60 years”
For further information please contact the museum team on 01934 621028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.