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Museum launches online survey with £100 prize to help inform future plans

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF WIRKSWORTH HERITAGE CENTRE

Museum launches online survey with £100 prize to help inform future plans

Wirksworth Heritage Centre are calling for local people to complete an online survey and input in to their future plans.

The survey can be accessed at WWW.WHCSURVEY.COM.  It gives people the chance to actively shape the content, programs and experiences that the new organisation will deliver in the future.  There is a prize of £100 in vouchers to spend in the town for one lucky person who completes it.

Following a recent award of £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Wirksworth Heritage Centre are currently undertaking a development phase that includes consultation with various local groups, reviewing the museum collection, fundraising and preparing reports for the second HLF funding application in 2016.

We hope to transform 31 St John Street, Wirksworth into a multi-purpose venue for the community and to help make accessible the living story of the people, history and heritage of the town.  We are currently open Fridays and Saturdays 10am-4pm, offering changing exhibitions, tourist information brochures and a small range of locally branded gifts – the sale of which will help to raise project funds – as well as a chance to talk to the project team.

Lucy Godfrey, Audience Development & Collections Officer for Wirksworth Heritage Centre, said:

Our commitment to public engagement is absolute and we want as many people as possible to take a few minutes to tell us what they want to see, experience and do.  It is essential that Wirksworth Heritage Centre is created for local people and by local people.  The more responses we get, the better we can represent the views of all people.”

The survey is open to over 16s until 31st August 2015.  If you don’t want to complete the survey online, why not drop in to 31 St John Street on a Friday or a Saturday to complete it there.  You can also find the link as well as share ideas on our Facebook page ‘WirksworthHeritageCentre’.  The Project Team are also hoping to run a series of focus groups over the summer, so please get in touch with Lucy if you would like to get involved.

HERITAGE PROFESSIONALS JOIN WHC TEAM THANKS TO HLF SUPPORT

Wirksworth Heritage Centre has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their Recreation and Renaissance project.  Development funding of £120,000 has been awarded to help Wirksworth Heritage Centre (WHC) progress their plans to relocate and develop a more accessible Museum and Community Heritage Centre at a new site on St. Johns Street in Wirksworth and to employ two heritage professionals to oversee and promote the development plans.

 Joining the Heritage Centre team are Jim Oribine and Lucy Godfrey.  Jim has many years’ experience in the arts, heritage and tourism field, his role as Project Co-ordinator is to oversee the Heritage Lottery Fund project and ensure that the development of the site runs smoothly. Working alongside Jim will be Lucy Godfrey, a museum and heritage consultant who comes to the team from the NT Sudbury Hall.  Lucy’s role is to carry out essential conservation work and run a series of events, exhibitions and workshops to enable the Wirksworth community to get involved.  With an emphasis on widening the appeal to both young and old, Lucy will be actively encouraging local people to get involved in every stage of the development, from managing and handling archives and artefacts to digitising collections, from helping to create exhibitions to running group and school visits, there will be something for everyone to get involved with – no experience necessary as full training will be available for anyone interested.

WIRKSWORTH HERITAGE CENTRE WINS HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND SUPPORT

Wirksworth Heritage Centre has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their Recreation and Renaissance project, it was announced today.  Development funding of £120,000 has been awarded to help Wirksworth Heritage Centre (WHC) progress their plans to relocate, recreate and develop a more accessible Museum and Community Heritage Centre at a new site on St. Johns Street in Wirksworth.

The project aims to carry out essential conservation work and run a series of events, exhibitions and workshops to enable the Wirksworth community to get involved.  With an emphasis on widening their appeal to both young and old, WHC will be actively encouraging local people to get involved in every stage of the development, from managing and handling archives and artefacts to digitising collections, from helping to create exhibitions to running group and school visits, there will be something for everyone to get involved with – no experience necessary as full training will be available for anyone interested.

Joanna Faulkner, Chair of the Trustees of Wirksworth Heritage Centre said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support as we progress towards a full grant application. The Project, supported by the Mayor and Town Council, aims to give the town a place for live entertainment, public meetings and exhibitions like the recently successful Wirksworth and the Great War and protect the living heritage of Wirksworth, and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for another generation.

The Heritage Centre was opened at the Crown Yard site in 1985 as a local community museum.  With the bequest in 2010 of a large heritage building on St. Johns Street, WHC decided to close and relocate.  With parts of the St Johns Street building dating back to the C16th, It is an ideal location for the Museum and ideal for further developing accessible community facilities and events.

The development also includes plans to create a café at the rear called ‘Websters Yard’ in memory of Mrs Webster who left the building to WHC and provision for a community space to provide Wirksworth, which is renowned for its artists and artisans, the environment to encourage and work with these communities, developing both an outlet and meeting place.