here is a blog written by one of our young volunteers Aiden reviewing our recent Heritage Day, we hope you enjoy it!
In the museum we had several organisations come in to explain what they do. This included - The Local History Society, Portable Antiques Scheme and Friends of the Museum group.
Firstly, I spoke with the local history society that came in to support the museum on the society’s 50th anniversary. This society hold information about the history of the museum and other local areas. They produce books about which are sold worldwide. They do this because they want to spread word on the local history and make sure that the history Is remembered and stays alive in the books they have produced. The society explained to me that a lot of historical information is kept in different formats and a lot of this information is not on the internet. The society formed in 1966 and it has changed a lot since then in how it works and who works in it and is now very accessible to the general public. The patron for the society is Robert Lindsey.
The Portable Antiques Scheme brought in many relics from archaeological digs and items that have been found and donated by people all over the UK from farm fields to people’s gardens. Public seeing these items today were able to handle the items. The items included some old coins from the medieval period and from the roman times, tools from different time periods, pottery and belt buckles. The scheme hold the old relics to keep them safe and so many people can view them.
Also I spoke to some organisers of the 50 + Forum Network group from long Eaton. The members attended at the museum to publicise what they do which includes running meeting and day trips for their members. They also offer IT classes so that people over the age of 50 can meet up learn from each other and gain confidence in using IT equipment. The group has grown over the years and the meetings and trips are well attended. These meeting and trips let the groups members learn from each other and socialise together helping many people to do activities together they enjoy and feel less isolated.
In the reception area of the museum the Friends of the Museum had a stand explaining all the do and have done for the museum and the community since they began in 1981. They have helped by helping with money, volunteering at the museum by showing people around, they are involved in some research and fundraising for the museum also. Not only has there work helped keep the museum open but shared with others what the do which encourages visitors to the museum and the fundraising and applying for grants has allowed the museum to have the new Hayloft area and coffee shop which visitors and staff can enjoy.
It was a good interesting day when you could learn about the local history of the museum and more. I also learned that not all information from the past is available on the internet and visiting places such as the museum, learning from group members and attending the library are all good ways of learning about history.