Monday, 1 June 2015

It's National Volunteers' Week


It seems only fitting that this month's meeting of British Schools' Museum should fall this week, too.

But many of us were alarmed by the opening statement of the meeting. Sell the museum?

Of course,we should have realised that the 'selling' was in the sense of making our presence known to a wider audience,

We were all encouraged to become Ambasadors for the museum under our newly apppointed development officer,  spreading the word of what a  unique (the only purpose-built British School with a Lancastrian school-room left tin the world) museum we have here in Hitchin.

There was a special guest at the meeting, the chairman of the British Schools Museum Trust.

He, and three fellow-trustees, were there to celebrate the work of the Volunteers, (there may have been fizz and chocolates),

and to present certificates to all volunteers who have served the Museum in recent years (some for moe than twenty) .

Many museums could not function without the work of their volunteers.

Wish us luck on Thursday?

One of the founder-members of the Friends of British Schools Museum, Yvonne Limbrick, has been nominated for a 'going the extra mile  in this year's Share Museum's Awards.

As for me - I am already booked to do a session with the Education Team, leading a People and Places workshop in July, and working with the Assistant Curator's team on the museum catalogue database in June.

So, here's the beginning of doing my bit as an Ambassador outside the walls of the museum.

There are a number of events coming up in the next few months that will be of interest to those on my FList.

First up is Magna Carta Day, on the 14th June.

The museum will be open from 2 - 5pm, and admittance will be free.

At 3pm there will be a debate (prior booking required) followed by tea,

On 20th June, the Museum will be running the annual  the Fair in the Square.

On 28th June, Ye Olde School Run will be held in aid of the Museum. A day of fun for all the family, including a Town Treasure Trail, with a first prize of £100

Closer to my heart, there is a performance of Where the Working boats went, by Life and Times, on July 9th.  Part of the Hitchin Festival for the past couple of years, this will be the last performance of this show.

There is also a host of children's activity days planned, including

a celebration of 100 years of Ladybird Books

and the Doctor Who exhibition, in August,

Please share this Blog entry with all your Twitter and Facebook friends and family. We are working to raise more money this year for the exciting developments at the museum, as well as the regular running and maintenance.