Exhibition events raised awareness of Exmouth Museum’s plight, says trustee

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 August 2018

Peter Hayward with two of his local milk bottles at Exmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9433. Picture: Terry Ife

Peter Hayward with two of his local milk bottles at Exmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9433. Picture: Terry Ife

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A weekend of fundraising exhibition events have helped raise the profile of Exmouth Museum’s bid to secure its long-term future.

Exmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9429. Picture: Terry IfeExmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9429. Picture: Terry Ife

Volunteers from the museum held a stall at the town’s kite festival and held a two-day display event at the Premier Inn, in The Esplanade.

The museum has been trying to raise £200,000 to buy their Sheppards Row home since landowner South West Water announced its intention to sell the site.

The three days of exhibitions aimed to show people what is on offer at the museum and to raise funds however trustee Peter Cowper thinks it has also raised awareness of the museum’s plight.

He said: “We saw a couple hundred people who look at the exhibition.

Beryl Leader with one of the Grand Draw Prizes at Exmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9430. Picture: Terry IfeBeryl Leader with one of the Grand Draw Prizes at Exmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9430. Picture: Terry Ife

“The important thing about it was that very often people say they didn’t even know there was a museum in the town.

“Now we’re taking it out of the museum and showing people what we have.”

The museum has also launched a new website thanks to Exmouth-based Websites and More. For more information about the fundraising campaign go to www.exmouthmuseum.co.uk

Susan Mendham, Brenda Parsons and Joy Smith at Exmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9423. Picture: Terry IfeSusan Mendham, Brenda Parsons and Joy Smith at Exmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9423. Picture: Terry Ife

Margaret McGuire with her hand made cards at Exmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9425. Picture: Terry IfeMargaret McGuire with her hand made cards at Exmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9425. Picture: Terry Ife

Susan Mendham, Brenda Parsons and Joy Smith at Exmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9423. Picture: Terry IfeSusan Mendham, Brenda Parsons and Joy Smith at Exmouth Museum's fundraiser exhibition. Ref exe 32 18TI 9423. Picture: Terry Ife

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