Volunteers help re-open Nottingham Industrial Museum
It’s English Tourism Week and this Saturday 17 March, the Industrial Museum at Wollaton Hall will re-open to the general public.
The museum had previously not been able to continue because of budget constraints but thanks to 70 volunteers and funding from the Skills Funding Agency and Arts Council England, Nottingham City Council has finally been able to realise its ambition of opening it once more.
The volunteers have already put in over 5,000 collective hours since August last year to make improvements to the museum and develop their skills ready to manage and run the museum. The long term aim is for the museum to become a registered company with charitable trust status.
The museum which is located in Wollaton Hall stable block contains steam engines and important period lace making machinery an essential part of Nottingham’s dominant textile trade in the 19th century.
To commemorate the occasion this month’s Steaming Day will take place on Saturday, rather than the last Sunday of March, and there’ll be fun family activities available.
The Industrial Museum is an excellent addition to the offer at Wollaton Hall, which already includes a Natural History Museum, fantastic parkland and historic tours.
Councillor Dave Trimble, from Nottingham City Council said: “We’re delighted that we’ve been able to work with such an enthusiastic group of volunteers who’ve worked hard to revitalise the museum’s collections and make the Industrial Museum more accessible to visitors. Our huge thanks go out to the volunteers.”
Rebecca Wilson, one of the volunteers said: “The great thing for me has been the amazing variety of opportunities and experiences I’ve had at the museum. Whether it’s playing ‘museum tetris’ setting up the exhibits or learning about the vast history behind the fantastic collections, there is so much to do and many great people to work with.”
The Industrial Museum will open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 11am – 5pm, (11am – 4pm November to February).
Nottingham City Council is still looking for more volunteers to help run the Industrial Museum, anyone who’s interested in becoming involved should contact the Volunteer Programmes Coordinator on 0115 876 2187.
Further information about the Industrial Museum is available online www.nottinghamindustrialmuseum.co.uk