Our fundraiser on Crowdfunder.co.uk was a great success, raising £9,000.
The museum found itself in an unprecedented situation following the COVID-19 lockdown.
As an independent self-supported charity we are not government funded, relying instead on donations, tickets, venue hire and gift sales. With the loss of all room bookings, tickets and shop sales, our income dropped dramatically. Despite taking steps to reduce outgoings, it still cost £500 a week to look after the collections and historic listed building during the closure.
Within hours the donations were flooding in and we reached half of our target after just a few days. Everyone at the museum was overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from the local community and further afield. The Crowdfunder campaign ended having raised £9,000. Along with this we received several generous donations by cheque.
We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the kind comments left by supporters on the Crowdfunder page, and you can see a selection of these below.
We would particularly like to note the donations made in memory of three previous curators:
Desmond Donovan, Chris Hawkes and Barry Lane.
Although the Crowdfunder campaign has ended, the page remains live and open for donations: