Friends and supporters of Amersham Museum attended the launch of the museum’s capital fundraising appeal on Friday evening. The evening was warm and dry and 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 wonderful new glass reception, revealing the museum’s medieval building to the High Street.
The total cost of the project is £1,012m 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 that 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.
The museum’s curator, Emily Toettcher, outlined the museum’s development plans, saying that ‘it is our vision to become the best small local history museum in England.’
If you’d like to find out more about the fundraising appeal, please contact Emily Toettcher, Curator 01494 723700, firstname.lastname@example.org