A Happy New Year to all our readers, especially, of course, our Volunteers.
‘A reminder of one of our resolutions…new toilets, for the convenience and comfort of all! Please spread the word regarding our fund-raising efforts.
You will be pleased to hear that it has just been announced that we secured £115,360 from the Museum Association’s Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund to undertake work with young people on our costume collections and displays. This application was put together by Katy England and will obviously be the focus for her work over the next couple of years (from Feb 2018) following up on the excellent HLF Funded City Story Project.
Katy will be working with, amongst others, our NADFAS lady volunteers, on this new project.
See here for more info about the announcement and the other awards made:
And how grateful our visitors are that they can at our museum. BUT.. we want this to be a pleasurable experience!
The Salisbury Museum is going potty!
We need new loos… Please donate
Have you seen our recent press release?
“Why is The Salisbury Museum going potty? It is because we need to update our loos!
The Salisbury Museum moved into its present home in The King’s House, at the beginning of the 1980’s. The building has been through various incarnations, originally built as a home for the Abbot of Sherborne in the early 13th century; somewhere that James I and Anne of Denmark laid their heads in 1610 and 1613; and from the mid-19th century until the late 1970’s – a teacher training college where Thomas Hardy’s sisters trained. It took some time to turn the building, gallery by gallery, into a museum and destination suitable to receive visitors and in fact, the reinvention never stops. The public toilets, so perfect in 1980 are now in serious need of updating.
The museum is in need of a total of £30,000 to refurbish and improve the accessibility to the Ladies, Gents and Disabled toilets. Launching on 19 November, #WorldToiletDay sees the start of a passionate fundraising campaign, which will also include twinning with a school toilet block in Malawi.
Museum Director, Adrian Green says, ‘Every couple of years our facilities are assessed by Visit England and the one thing that brings our score down each time are the state of our toilets. We can no longer ignore the fact that having top quality loos is as important as top quality exhibitions and an essential part of the visitor experience.’
So whether it is a penny, a pound or quantities of either, the money raised will help the museum to totally transform the toilet facilities into 21st century ones. Visitors can give in person at the museum – look out for the potty donation box, or through the museum’s website, which will link to the crowdfunding campaign created specifically to get the campaign started by raising £10,000. Hopefully by 2018, the museum’s public loos will no longer look like they should be in a museum.”
And have you spotted our magnificent toilet pan popping up in interesting places? Perhaps we should have a competition for the best place to find it…