Exmouth Museum News
EXMOUTH MUSEUM CLOSED ON 31 October 2020
In normal times we could expect to open again in March/April 2021, however, it's difficult to predict that from lockdown in November! Please check in at our Facebook page to keep in touch until we can see you in person.
If you would like to visit during the closed period - a school or family group, local association or club - please email firstname.lastname@example.org allowing time for the organisation of the visit and bearing in mind the premises will be chilly.
If you need to discuss bequests, artefacts or exhibits that we hold you can contact the Curator on 07932 609539 or Tricia on 01395 267372 or by emailing email@example.com
We are in Sheppards Row, EX8 1PW, close to the junction of the Parade and Exeter Road. (Turn off Exeter Road at the Exmouth Arms)
Our Annual General Meeting was held at on Monday 13 January 2020 in the Estuary Suite at Ocean, Queen's Drive, Exmouth, EX8 2AY
The accounts for the year 2018 - 2019 were presented and the full Committee appointed. Details are available from us on request to the Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our monthly Coffee Mornings at the Axis Centre, (next to the Community Church) in Market Street, Exmouth are suspended as of 17 March 2020.
We will miss the opportunity of chatting to our volunteers and the public. We will resume this popular event as soon as we are able, in line with government advice, and we have sufficient volunteers to do everything.
Contact Tricia 01395 267372 for help and details.
RESEARCH HELP REQUESTED
The Museum has received a request from Martin Barry, PhD student from the University of Bristol, who is researching ‘The Materiality, Memories and Material Culture of Princess Mary’s 1914 Christmas Gift to Soldiers and Sailors during the First World War’.
Part of Martin's research is to find and interview persons still in possession of their relatives embossed brass ‘Mary Tin’.
Face-to-face interviews are difficult because of the Covid-19 crisis and Martin is adapting to either speak to people ‘virtually’ or by telephone.
Martin has ethical clearance from the University of Bristol and can provide academic or personal references and more detailed information about the project if required.
Can you help? Do you know someone who has a Princess Mary Tin?
Please contact Martin at email@example.com or telephone 01794 522342
Further information: Mary Tin
THE FUTURE OF EXMOUTH MUSEUM
As of the close of October 2019 we have secured the future of the building! We would sincerely like to thank our marvellous donors and all those who contributed over the last two years. Every penny and pound in a collection box or spent on a raffle ticket has helped.
Our Trustees and Management Committee spent many long hours negotiating with our landlords for a good deal to buy the buildings and with the District and Town Councils to come up with a plan to pay for it. A combination of generous donations and a loan proved to be the way forward. However, this means that we need to fundraise more than ever to pay back the loan. In the disrupted times of Covid 19 this is very difficult especially when the Museum is closed to visitors and local festivals and fairs are cancelled.
We have no paid staff, just volunteer committee members and stewards - our running costs and the payments on the loan need to be covered each year. There are also maintenance and improvement costs including making the building more accessible.
We always need volunteers for stewarding, both in the Museum and at events such as the Exmouth Festival; helping with museum maintenance - painting, cleaning, carpentry, moving exhibits; admin - publicity, records, research, queries, campaigns and fundraising.
If you can spare a couple of hours a week it could make all the difference. If you have experience fundraising and in particular applying for grants and Lottery Funding we would appreciate your help.
We welcome new people for posts on our Management Committee and as Trustees. Please get in touch if this could be you. We have seen a fairly dramatic decrease in numbers in 2020 due to people having to self isolate and shield. Many of our volunteers deserve a rest after so many years faithful service. If you have a bit of extra time we would be very grateful if you could join us.
Catch up with the past at Exmouth Museum. Learn the story of the town and the people who, lived, worked and died there, some famous, some infamous, but all important. They made bricks, built ships and survived disasters. The displays in the cottage and the stable tell it all.
The Trustees, Management Committee, Volunteers, Stewards and supporters are campaigning to raise funds to maintain and improve our buildings and make them more accessible and relevant.
How You Can Help
- Come and visit the Museum and bring your friends.
- Leave a review on Trip Advisor and Facebook.
- Donate when you visit or via the methods below.
- Watch out for the Museum at fundraising events.
Gift Aid - If you are donating via cheque or bank transfer, then you can boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate. After making your donation, please print off and complete this Gift Aid form and send it to Exmouth Museum, 2 Sheppard's Row, Exmouth, EX8 1PW.