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Saving Storrington Museum

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a damaging effect upon visitor attractions so we are pleased to respond to the request from Stuart Duncan, the chairman of Storrington Museum, to include news of the efforts being made to save the museum from closure and enhance its future. The museum covers not only Storrington but also the surrounding villages and contains a number of items and exhibits relating to Bury. Stuart writes as follows: –

I am writing on behalf of the Storrington and District Museum and to introduce myself as their recently elected Chairman.

The museum, along with many community groups has not been able to operate in the last 12 months which has had an impact on the museum. Without the ability to host fundraising events there have been considerations to close the Museum. As part of a new committee elected at the beginning of March our focus is to save the museum from closure and enhance its future.

We are applying for and hope to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Garfield Western and Matthew Good Foundations but I need your help to improve the awareness and profile within the district. If it is possible to support us by publishing details of our website (https://www.storringtonmuseum.com) I would be grateful.

Details of how to become a member can be found on the website or by this link (https://www.storringtonmuseum.com/join). Members receive a quarterly magazine, Times Past and have discounted access to monthly talks/ walks once we can reopen. All this I hope will raise our profile within our Community, promote sponsorship, help our finances and enable those with a local interest of history to be involved (stewarding, researching, fundraising) or provide a space to meet for a chat over a coffee.

In the future, I would like to bring our collections to your community halls or offices to showcase items that are associated with you, we have on display at the museum the John Galsworthy cricket cup and inkwell, please let me know if you would be interested in displaying these?

There are many things to be considered before we are able to reopen and any help, support or guidance would be welcome, this is a community project to ensure we have a museum for the future.

Yours Sincerely,
Stuart Duncan