Volunteers pack museum’s objects ready for revamp

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:01 24 July 2015

Then and now: Weston Museum.

Then and now: Weston Museum.

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VOLUNTEERS have given around 360 hours of their time to clearing Weston Museum in the past two months.

The museum, in Burlington Street, is due to get a £1.1million refurbishment, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For the past two months, 25 volunteers and staff have been carefully packing several thousand items from the collections ready to be stored in Taunton.

The process has been recorded by the A1 Camera Club, which has been photographing every single item removed from the museum’s collection.

Carol Hughes has been volunteering at the museum since October, and has a passion for Roman and prehistoric archeology.

She said: “I am so glad I volunteered for the decant. I’ve been able to see so many interesting objects.

“I’ve packed up so many interesting items, but Roman enamel brooches and a superb Roman gold coin were my favourites.

“I feel privileged to be able to handle the objects and hopefully I may be able to help unpack the collection once the refurbishment is complete.”

The refurbishment is expected to take two years, and museum staff will soon move to the Badger Centre in Wadham Street.

They will continue to visit schools and community events to keep a museum presence in Weston.

The A1 Camera Club has also taken photographs of the museum’s watercolour art alongside comparative shots of Weston as it is today.

The pictures will form part of a semi-permanent exhibition at the Helicopter Museum in Locking, which is being put together by retired exhibition designer David Hannah, another volunteer.

The exhibition will be updated with new images from time to time.

Weston Town Councillor John Crockford-Hawley, who is chairman of the museum working party, said: “Without such superb community and volunteer help this exciting museum project would not have been possible.”

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