Friends Of Bassetlaw Museum May 2021

by | 15 May 2021 | Community facility, Heritage, Retford, Worksop

As they look forward to the reopening of Bassetlaw Museum on 17th May, the Friends group want to take this opportunity to let you know what has been happening during this difficult year. Although the Friends have been unable to organise any of the usual events, they have continued to produce a quarterly newsletter full of local history and information.
The Friends of Bassetlaw Museum were formed in 2015 and since that date have been able to provide the museum with money to purchase a picnic bench and patio table, a tractor tyre, and also money towards the cost of UV film for the museum windows, the purchase of Pergler Autochromes, the renovation of a locally made grandfather clock and money to East Midlands Museum Development which released further funds for the museum. This has all been made possible by the membership fees which remain at only £5.00 per year for adults, £3.00 for juniors under 18. There is also corporate membership at £20.00 per year. New members are always welcome and will enable the group to support the museum in future ventures. Contact can be made through the Museum at Amcott House, 40 Grove Street, Retford or by email at fobm.membership@gmail.com.
The staff at the museum have been working behind the scenes whilst in lockdown and there are several exciting projects in the planning stages. They are working with the Aurora Centre in Worksop and the Heritage Officer to restore a museum presence in the Old Library and Museum in Worksop, albeit some of it virtual. They are currently looking for volunteer curators. For more information contact heritage@aurorawellbeing.org.uk.
There are also exciting plans for the Pilgrims Gallery, to help enhance the interpretation of the story and help with outreach projects. It is hoped that the postponed visit of members of the Wampanoag Nation will be able to go ahead this year. The plan is for them to build a wetu (traditional dwelling) in the museum grounds.
The museum is looking forward to welcoming you back and the Friends are also looking forward to being able to welcome members both new and old and to organise events to support the museum’s work.