Wincanton Museum is to be Reborn
Until 2010 Wincanton Museum operated from a cottage in the High Street. Our landlords were the Quakers, who were highly supportive while the Museum was there. However, changes in Charity Law precipitated them to decide to adopt different plans for the property and the Museum was unable to remain in that site.
As a result we entered into discussions with the Somerset County Council Libraries Department and our chairman, Dr Terry Stanford, is able to report that a very good offer has been received from them.
This means it is possible the Museum can be reformed and will occupy a useful space within Wincanton Library. Terry has also been pleased to report that the Libraries Department has been very helpful and that both the Museum and the Library see distinct synergies in their respective operations and displays.
Separate talks have also begun with Wincanton Town Council. Again the Museum is extremely encouraged with the supportive attitudes that have been shown.
There remains just one hurdle. In order to comply with “Duty of Care” responsibilities, and meet the requirements of the insurers, it will be necessary to have a steward in attendance during the Museum’s opening hours. The Museum can possibly operate as often and as long as the Library doors are open. However, the eventual times will be dependent on the volunteer support levels.
Terry reports that, “We were very lucky to have a band of cheerful and knowledgeable stewards when we were in place in the High Street and we hope they will all, together with new volunteers who have come to live here, think about coming to join us in what we see as an exciting and useful future. A town like Wincanton deserves good community and educational services and we see the Museum as making an important contribution towards this.”
It is planned that an information and questions evening will be organised very shortly. This will be well publicised. So if anybody is interested in joining us the Museum committee members will be very happy to meet you on the evening. Otherwise do not wait. Just contact Terry Stanford on 01963 31665 .
The Museum organises public talks on interesting topics of local and historic interest. These number approximately eight per year.