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£97k museum grant will open Poole's history for all
2:00pm Monday 8th October 2012 in Latest
POOLE’S Museum has been awarded a £97,000 grant from Arts Council England, which will help it develop a new long term project involving community volunteers.
Borough of Poole’s museum service will be able to carry out improvements to the way the collections are stored and accessed, allowing curators and volunteers to work together researching and recording artefacts and related stories.
This will allow greater public access, both digitally in the museum and online. Visitors will be able to use the new free wi-fi to discover a wealth of stories, films and images about a range of items on display.
By linking into the new Poole Trail, new interactive way for visitors and residents to experience the heritage and environment of Poole Quay, Old Town and Harbourside Park, people will be connected to the actual places where the town’s history took place.
Developing a group of skilled volunteers to carry out this project will be essential to its success. Museum manager Michael Spender said: “It will enable the participation of local people in the management of these important publicly-owned collections, working with museum professionals.
“The aim is also to help people build their skills through volunteering and to increase the capability of the museum service to provide high quality services in the future.”
Some volunteers are likely to be drawn from the successful Culture Volunteers Poole programme, a group of 260 volunteers, co-ordinated at the museum, along with new recruits from the community.
Cllr Judy Butt, cabinet portfolio holder for public engagement and participation said: “This grant is fantastic and we are very grateful to Arts Council England for recognising Poole Museum Service.
“Our volunteers do a splendid job and their role is vital in the continuing success of Poole Museum.
“Both residents in, and visitors to Poole come to our museum to increase their knowledge of our town’s history and I know this project will help to enrich that.”
The grant comes from a pot of £7million.