Chesham Museum has bagged thousands of pounds from Arts Council England to fund a project connecting people of all ages with past and present Chesham.

The project A Future for Chesham’s Past was given more than £14,000 from Arts Council England plus £1,000 from the Chesham and Villages Community Board.

In addition to creating ways for people to connect to their local history through a new website featuring objects of recollection, a series of outreach resources will be created.

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This includes new handling boxes for schools, linked to the National Curriculum, and developed in conjunction with local teachers, an illustrated trail for families and an exhibition displayed around Chesham and special events linked to the exhibition.

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To develop its social media presence, there will be content created for an Instagram by secondary school pupils.

Museum vice-chair, Karen Perkins, notes: “This project provides an exciting opportunity for Chesham Museum to showcase its future plans and re-establish itself into the lives of our communities, putting the heritage of the town at the heart of its Covid recovery plans.”

The new project is set to run through 2022, and the Museum is looking for local people to become volunteers. 

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Currently, the Museum has no permanent space, as they are looking for capital funding to make it happen. 

The museum was conceived, founded and maintained completely by local volunteers.

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Other than capital grants towards special projects, fundraising is done by volunteers, with the support of local businesses and schools.

Contact for more information about volunteering opportunities. 

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