eBay auction for Weston Museum’s refurbishment

PUBLISHED: 17:30 20 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:41 27 February 2020

Katherine Bell and John Crockford-Hawley.

Katherine Bell and John Crockford-Hawley.


A CHILDREN’S doll sold for hundreds of pounds when it was put on online auction site eBay to raise money for Weston Museum.

Tina Bishop with Mike Phillips and a boxes childs doll which raised over £700.Tina Bishop with Mike Phillips and a boxes childs doll which raised over £700.

The attraction, in Burlington Street in Weston-super-Mare, is undergoing a £1million refurbishment.

Most of its items have been sent to Taunton to be stored while the work takes place.

But others will not be needed in the future, and have been put up for sale on eBay to raise more money for the refurbishment.

John Crockford-Hawley, chairman of the Museum Working Party on Weston Town Council said: "I should emphasise that we are most definitely not selling any historic items which form part of the museum collections.

Carol Hughes and Chris Fisher.Carol Hughes and Chris Fisher.

"Items on sale include surplus office supplies, furniture, storage racking systems, event props and children's activity equipment, along with unsold shop stock."

The first items have already been sold, and include a vintage Pretty Peepers doll, which made £721.

A selection of shop mannequins have been sold for £10-30 each.

A fridge sold for £71, a safe for £127 and a patisserie display fridge for £560.

The 92 items already sold have made £2,530.56 for the museum.

There are still around 300 items which are yet to go on sale on the auction website.

The museum revealed the designs for its new galleries earlier this month, and they include a high-security cabinet where loaned materials from other museums can be displayed.

The museum is still selling timber blocks which can be carved with names and logos to go on the new floor.

Email lizzie.hudson@wsm-tc.gov.uk for more information.

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