Volunteers 'essential to museums'
SIMILARITIES between the challenges faced by two Mid Devon museums were explored at a talk in Crediton last week.
More than 40 members and friends of Crediton Area History and Museum Society packed into the Boniface Centre to enjoy a presentation by Pippa Grifitth, curator, and Sandy Haughton, trustee, of the Museum of Mid Devon Life, in Tiverton.
The museum was established in 1960 and had several addresses until the present former Victorian school building became available. The Tivvy Bumper steam engine was relocated there in 1979 and refurbishments took place in 2000 and in 2006 when the transport gallery was established.
With paid staff in the form of a curator, a part time education officer and cleaners, the duo explained the museum, as in Crediton, could not function without volunteers – there are more then 60 regularly giving their time.
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They help oversee a collection which boasts more than 13,000 objects, including an impressive display of agricultural machinery, and more than 27,000 photographs and documents. Like Crediton, Tiverton Museum is also a service point for Devon Heritage Centre, where people can research their family trees.
Pippa said one major exhibition this year has been Harvesting Memories, an oral history project involving local school children interviewing people involved in farming since the war, for which a Lottery grant was secured. Another grant enabled the museum to introduce reminiscence therapy, where volunteers visit residential homes etc. to present work helping those suffering from dementia and memory loss.
The museum in Beck Square welcomes 10,000 adult visitors a year -who all pay a charge- yet the Museum is still reliant on a grant.