Amersham Museum has received £82,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting learning and interpretation project, The People’s Story of Amersham in the 20th Century. This heritage project will give residents, visitors and learners an ongoing opportunity to contribute to, learn about and engage with their local, 20th century heritage. The first part of the project will begin in June this year and finish in 2017 with a permanent exhibition in the museum. It will then be followed by a two year creative arts programme, which will run until 2019.
The project will collect personal stories about life in the local area in the 20th century. These will feature in the exhibition alongside objects, photos and documents loaned and donated by local people. The creative arts programme which follows will explore key themes and topics about life in the town in the last 100 years, resulting in a ‘mobile museum’ which takes The People’s Story of Amersham in the 20th Century on tour throughout the town and outlying villages in 2019.
Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said: “From the arrival of the railway to the growth in population, this area witnessed a great deal of change during the 20th century. The impact is still being felt today and our investment will, thanks to National Lottery players, enable visitors to discover more of this fascinating history than ever before.”
Welcoming the HLF investment, curator Emily Toettcher said: “Friendly, local museums are extremely important to their surrounding community. We are very proud of Amersham Museum and believe it is one of the best of its kind. We are so fortunate to be based in such a supportive and thriving town, and look forward to recording and sharing people’s personal experiences of life here during the last century. We also look forward to working with our volunteers on this project and, hopefully, recruiting many more to share in this exciting work.”
Amersham Museum is currently fundraising to expand the museum into the building next door, which will increase the museum space by 65%. It is planned to start the capital works later this year.