PHOTOS OF FARMS IN CREWKERNE’S PAST NEEDED FOR NEW MUSEUM EXHIBITION

Photos of farms and pictures associated with farming in and around Crewkerne from any period in the 1800’s and 1900’s are needed for a new exhibition at Crewkerne Museum. Farms In Crewkerne Past is the title of the first exhibition of the new season which opens to the public on Saturday March 24th. Researchers have discovered some interesting information about the number of farms in the local area while looking through parish records and maps. They need the public’s help to illustrate the information gathered and add to the interesting forthcoming exhibition. The museum would be grateful for photographs that can be copied and can be contacted via email to crewkernemuseum@hotmail.co.uk or by calling into the museum on Wednesday mornings. The exhibition on Crewkerne’s farming past will run until June 16th.

In addition to preparing the exhibition space and galleries for this year’s season, volunteers have been busy decorating the Andrew Room, hall, stairs and landing, to make good the damage caused last Summer by a leaking roof. Since Christmas, the front of the building has added to the problem with the breaking down of the guttering and water pouring into the stonework and through the walls. Passers by will have noticed the scaffolding erected at the front of the building, as work to repair the guttering is carried out.

Crewkerne Museum & Heritage Centre is entirely run by volunteers and is dependent on visitors for its income. A grant of £1,500 from Crewkerne Town Council and an additional grant of £1,000 from South Somerset District Council towards the provision of an inspection window in the roof and decoration work, have proved helpful. Volunteers are looking forward to the new season and are planning lots of activities to attract visitors to support the museum. Administrator Janet Harris said: “We need to bring in lots of visitors during the coming season to replace some of the reserves we have used up, to pay for all the work needed on the building.”

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