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