During the closure of the museum we have relocated our meetings to the Blakehay Theatre. We arrange speakers on topics of interest, especially those connected with other museums or on the history, archaeology or the wildlife of the area, these are open to everyone. During the summer months we arrange visits, walks and a garden party. We also run a monthly sewing and knitting group which has been active for eight years making items for the museum. So far we have bought, padded and covered 200 special costume hangers for our lovely vintage costume collection; sewed pieces for a new quilt for Clara’s Cottage; made nurses uniforms, operation gowns and red cross flags for the WW1 activities; copied vintage clothing for the handling boxes; and Iron Age tunics, trousers and cloaks for the museum outreach service to take to schools for history lessons. Many of our members also volunteer to help with museum activities and do research or practical work at the museum.
We currently have 87 members and would welcome new members. You can see us on Facebook: ‘Friends of the Museum Weston-super-Mare’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofthemuseumwsm where you will find our current programme.
Written by Heather Morrisey, Chairman, Friends of Weston Museum