Museum calls for volunteers as new exhibition opens

Museum calls for volunteers as new exhibiton opens

Museum calls for volunteers as new exhibiton opens

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A VOLUNTEER-RUN museum, which is running a new exhibition on famous town residents, is looking for extra helpers as the busy spring season approaches.

Marlow Museum, based in Higginson Park near the Court Garden complex, is calling for residents with an interest in the town to sign up to give a few hours of their time to become a steward.

The new exhibition highlights over a dozen men and women based on the commemorative wall plaques on buildings around the town.

T.S Eliot, Percy Bysshe-Shelley and his wife Mary Shelley are just three of the glittering Marlovians to receive the tribute.

These are joined on display with many other famous inhabitants including writers, artists, engineers and military figures.

As well as pictures and biographies of the famous people in the exhibition there is a small collection of books and drawings relating to them.

For visitors with their own ideas of famous Marlovians, there is also a book provided for them to make suggestions.

From March, the museum extends its opening hours from two to four hours a day and more help is required to man the busy centre.

The position involves answering visitors’ questions and even considering articles and artefacts for display, with full training provided by museum experts.

Marlow Museum is self-funded and run completely by a small group of volunteers.

Under threat of closure last year, volunteers held a series of fundraising events to save the it and agreed a new lease recently.

But chairman Michael Hyde stressed that they are always looking for ways to boost revenue and ensure the Higginson Park archive for future generations.

He said: "We have secured the future of the museum, and were offered a four-year lease for the premises.

"As for our financial situation, we have had donations but we work really hard at it and are still looking for money, as we have a lot of things we’d like to do."

For more information on the exhibition or becoming a steward, call 01628 471884.

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