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Lynne the volunteer portrait
I’ve been a volunteer at the museum since March last year. After retiring from work at the end of January last year I felt I would like to do something which was completely different to my working life and also hoped it would enable me to meet new people. I haven’t been disappointed. A warm welcome is guaranteed from the moment you walk through the door; the museum is such a friendly place and I have also met some lovely people amongst the other volunteers too. I mostly do general admin work when I’m there which utilises my word processing skills, but I have also done such...
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  Today is the first day of National Volunteer's Week- here at the museum we have been working hard over the past 18 months to develop our volunteering opportunities and increase our volunteer team.  We now have over 40 active volunteers carrying out a range of projects and activities from event work, helping to document and care for the museum's collections, assisting with school visits and more recently running our brand new tea room for us! During National Volunteer's Week we will have a display in the museum entrance with testimonies from our volunteers.  If you are interested in joining...
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three staff members accepting award
On Friday 9th October we attended the 9th annual Derbyshire Heritage Awards at Cromford Mills and were delighted to come away with the Judges Special Award for our work engaging with the local community!  This award recognises the Museum Roadshow events that have taken place all over the borough of Erewash this Summer and are part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project. The Awards are run by the Derbyshire Museums and Heritage Forum and celebrate all the wonderful work taking place in museums, historic houses and heritage sites across the county. The Awards were funded by the Derbyshire Museums and Heritage...
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half built extension to museum building
Work started on site at the museum in April to transform the Old Stables area of the museum into a new Learning and Visitor Centre.  This exciting development at the museum has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will incorporate an exhibition area, learning and community space, and there will also be a refreshment area run by The Friends of Erewash Museum. The exhibition will tell the story of Dalby House, the museum building, and the people who once lived and worked here.  The Hayloft will serve as a learning suite for delivery of formal and informal education sessions,...
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colourful Gavioli Organ close up
On Saturday October 18th we celebrated Ilkeston's 762 Charter Fair with our very own Charter Fair Event. The day was a great success and we had over 1500 visitors to the Museum. The Gavioli Organ created a great atmosphere in the car park with fairground music and the steam engine was as popular as ever with crowds assembled along High Street to see it leave the Museum at the end of the day. The Ilkeston Fair Association was also in attendance with fantastic displays and objects to tell the history of Ilkeston Fair. A brief history of Ilkeston Charter Fair Henry III...
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