Looking back over the past year.
The Somme 100
commemorative event on the 23rd July was a good day and very popular with about 2,000 visitors. A grant from Warwick District Council enabled us to
have not only re-enactors, Sutton Coldfield Cadets, the Royal Star &
Garter, a recreated trench but also short performance pieces and to create a
battle scene drawn by young people facilitated by an artist, which is now
hanging in the museum.
was lucky to get a grant to produce an in-house audio trail of the museum using
mobile phones. We also ran a workshop using the technology for teenagers, who
don’t tend to visit museums much.
also fortunate to have the chance of a free Access Audit and a Mystery Shopper
evaluation. The latter praised the high level of customer service as well as
the enthusiasm and knowledge of staff and volunteers.
is keen to work in partnership with other organisations. We were involved with
another project with the Birmingham Hippodrome this time about Sutton Coldfield
cricket club. We attended the launch event and there was funding to produce a
roller banner saying what the museum does. The banner was first used at the
History Fair which was part of the Warwick Words literary festival in Warwick.
busy fundraising to keep the museum running. The Mid-Counties Co-operative
contributed to the production of some more museum leaflets. The Trustees
organised a Golf fundraiser and there were fundraising concerts
in Birmingham (Friends of the Museum) and Bedworth (Colin Simmons).
are vital to the running of the museum. Harry Morton was nominated for a
volunteer award for Resilience. Along with his wife, Susan, he attended a
ceremony organised by the regional museum group at the Birmingham Hippodrome.