‘We want to be named best small mu­seum in England’

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AMER­SHAM Mu­seum has launched a fundrais­ing ap­peal to help it ex­pand and be­come ‘the best small his­tory mu­seum in England.’

Friends and sup­port­ers of Amer­sham Mu­seum at­tended the launch of the mu­seum’s cap­i­tal fundrais­ing ap­peal on Fri­day, June 24.

Guests as­sem­bled in the gar­den for glasses of cider and pros­ecco and were en­ter­tained with songs old and new, sung by lo­cal mu­si­cian Kathryn Ox­ley.

The Reimag­in­ing of Amer­sham Mu­seum project will en­able the mu­seum to de­velop into the neigh­bour­ing build­ing in or­der to cre­ate more ex­hi­bi­tion ar­eas and a dy­namic learn­ing space for group vis­its, talks and cre­ative work­shops.

The project will also cre­ate a new glass re­cep­tion, re­veal­ing the mu­seum’s me­dieval build­ing to the high street.

The to­tal cost of the project is £1.012 mil­lion and the mu­seum has al­ready raised two thirds of its tar­get.

Both the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund and the Garfield We­ston Foun­da­tion have sup­ported the mu­seum with sig­nif­i­cant grants.

The pa­tron of the ap­peal, Earl Howe, spoke to gath­ered sup­port­ers about the role the mu­seum plays in cre­at­ing a sense of be­long­ing in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

He stressed that lo­cal his­tory mu­se­ums are not just about dis­play­ing arte­facts, they are about peo­ple’s lives and that Amer­sham Mu­seum’s suc­cess was based upon bring­ing peo­ple to­gether in the present, from across the com­mu­nity and be­yond, to ex­plore con­nec­tions made in the past.

Mu­seum cu­ra­tor Emily Toettcher out­lined the mu­seum’s devel­op­ment plans and said: “It is our vi­sion to be­come the best small lo­cal his­tory mu­seum in England.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fundrais­ing ap­peal, con­tact Emily on 01494 723 700.

Earl Howe with the chair­man of Amer­sham Mu­seum Gary Gotch at the mu­seum’s fundrais­ing ap­peal launch

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