The Covid 19 Pandemic has hit the Museum hard. Unable to open, we are unable to earn the income we need to keep bringing the stories of the Broads alive. We also are unable to tell those stories well when our doors are closed!
So, thank you to Arts Council England (ACE) for its support. Not only is it helping to cover some of our core costs, but it is helping us to bring Broadland’s stories alive digitally through our own Virtual Museum.
Over the next few months, our volunteers will be creating a Virtual Museum of 20 iconic objects from the Museum’s collection. These objects have been chosen because they all tell a story unique to the Broads. Some, like our steamboat, Falcon, and coypu, ‘Joyce’, are well known, but others, like our ice yacht and a collection of letters written by Mrs Churchill to a local resident during World War II, are just waiting to be discovered. These objects will all be accessible from our website over the next few months.
In addition, 10 of our objects will be re-imagined by local textile artist, Johanne Couldrey. She will use the objects as inspiration for easy artworks, with instructions to enable online visitors of all ages to make them too.
The final part of the ACE grant is to create an online social space for the Museum’s volunteers. Many of our volunteers enjoy the social aspect of coming to the Museum, and we hope that digitally, at least, we can fulfil that enjoyment.
More information to follow. Watch this space!!