The museum is now closed until late Spring 2017.
This week we launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the final £4,127 towards the cost of the new glass reception space. To find out more and support the campaign go to: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/revealing-amershams-oldest-home
Friends and supporters of Amersham Museum attended the launch of the museum’s capital fundraising appeal on Friday evening. The sun shone, the herb garden was bursting with life, the medieval cider and twenty-first century prosecco flowed, and there was glorious singing from the Tudor period and the 1930s.
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
Amersham Museum is inviting people to share their ideas on the museum’s new exhibition plans, part of an exciting development project. You are invited to visit the museum this Wednesday 25th May, 4.30pm-6pm, Saturday 18th June 10am-11.30am or Wednesday 22nd June 4pm-6pm to find out about our plans – and give us your feedback – on our new permanent exhibition galleries and learning space.
In 2013 the museum purchased the neighbouring building, 51 High Street, in order to create much needed space for delivering activities for schools and families, talks and temporary exhibitions. The space will also provide significantly improved conditions for collections storage and room for the museum to develop the collection in the future. A new, light and welcoming reception for the new museum will also be created.
The total cost of the project is £1,012m and the museum is currently fundraising for the remaining £378,320.
If you’re interested in sharing your views but can’t make these sessions, we will be running two more in June, with details to follow shortly.