Monday, 11 May 2015


I had my first training session with the volunteers at the Hitchin British Schools Museum, this morning. It was probably the best training session I have ever attended. It included a training video on Health and Safety requirements on the museum site.

There are exciting developments afoot and lots of upcoming events of interest.

Fancy a night at the museum? There's an open session on Thursday.

Or perhaps you want to let out your inner child?

Regular Saturday sessions (third Saturday of the month) include hands-on activitiesat no extra cost.

I August, the Doctor Who Exhibition will be making a return visit to the museum.

If you fancy getting more involved in the work of he museum, you could take part in the replica quilt project. The original 1830 quilt is very fragile, so a replica will be made,

You can become a sponsor by giving money for a hexagon or/and donating fabric suitable to the replica.

More behind-the-scenes involvement includes the opportunity to become a Volunteer at this Queen's Award-winning Museum.

There are vacancies on the Board of Trustees and also in the museum.

I was pleased to meet other volunteers, and one of the Curators. I have added an interest in joining the Conservation volunteers to that of the proposed route onto the Education Team, and will be meeting the curator on  my training day next week.

There is a great family feel to the groups of volunteers at the museum, all of whom bring various skills and expertise to their chosen roles.

A local woodcarver made this plaque, which hangs in the cafe.

As a historian with a great fondness for the 19th century, it is a great priviledge for me to be accepted as a volunteer, and to help continue and develop the work of this wonderful museum.