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Help The Holst Birthplace Museum to reopen after flooding so it can inspire again!


help-holst-birthplace-museumThe Holst Birthplace Museum promotes inspirational composer Gustav Holst. The museum suffered a serious flood recently and has been forced to close during its busiest season to enable repair and restoration work to be undertaken. As part of a fundraising campaign, to help the museum reopen after the flooding, the staff will be undertaking a sponsored challenge. You can support by donating to the appeal via this crowdfunding page:

Staff will be walking the museum’s 35 mile Gustav Holst Way over two days! The Gustav Holst Way begins in Cranham where Gustav Holst’s mother lived as a child and finishes in Wyck Rissington where the composer had his first job as organist at St Laurence’s Church. The staff will walk the first 20 miles on Friday August 19th, camping overnight near ancient monument, Belas Knap. The following day, the Museum’s volunteers and supporters will be joining the sponsored walk at one or more of the following manageable sections.

Laura, Curator at the Holst Birthplace Museum says: ‘Staff wanted to come up with a challenge to help get the Museum open again and I think we have found it in a 35 mile walk across the Cotswolds in two days! The second day especially will be quite gruelling after the first day walking 20 miles and then camping en route. We’re looking forward to reaching Wyck Rissington – and a sit down with a cup of tea. We hope as many people as possible will sponsor us as well as cheer us on along the route!’

The walk will finish with a celebration event at Wyck Rissington Church beginning at approximately 5pm. This will include dancing from Stroud’s Styx Border Morris and storytelling with renowned storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis.

Please do support the museum by donating to the appeal via the crowdfunding page:, and by raising awareness using the hashtag #HelpHolst on Twitter.

Posted July 27, 2016 at 6:12 pm

All Aboard! sculpture trail organised by Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Tiverton-museum-devon-lifeTiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life has organised a sculpture trail based on the Tivvy Bumper steam engine housed in the museum. The All Aboard! family sculpture trail features 21 fibreglass sculptures in the shape of the Tivvy Bumper (aka Loco 1442), which are located around the Devon town of Tiverton and the surrounding area. Each sculpture is decorated with a different design and people can follow the trail map to find them all. The sculpture trail has been a huge community project with 29 local businesses sponsoring the trail. 18 local artists and 13 local schools have been involved in designing and painting the sculptures. Olympic athlete, Jo Pavey, joined in to design one of the sculptures.

Pippa Griffith, Museum Director, says ‘The trail has been designed to encourage footfall around the town. The sculptures are located in the main retail areas and outside some of the key leisure facilities locally. We are anticipating that it will encourage local people to come into the town and be reminded of all of the facilities that are here, as well as attracting more tourists into the town over the summer. We have already heard of some Belgian visitors using the trail as a way of exploring the local area…By using the Tivvy Bumper we are using an object that has a broad appeal; many local people remember travelling on the branch line and it has a great attraction for families as well. From the museum’s point of view it’s a fun way to engage with the local community outside of the museum itself, and of course we’re hoping that it will help to boost visitor numbers as people want to come and see the real Tivvy Bumper as part of the trail.’

The trail runs for 17 weeks until 30th October 2016. Further information about the trail is available from

Posted July 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm

Review of the National Cataloguing Grants programme

the-pilgrim-trustThe Pilgrim Trust, supported by The National Archives, has commissioned Janice Tullock Associates to evaluate the impact of the National Cataloguing Grants Programme and review the future direction of the programme. Grant recipients, applicants and those new to the programme are invited to submit their views.

Since 2006 the programme has awarded over £3.8 million in 124 grants to improve access to archive collections. Collections awarded funding include archives of charities, councils, scientists, companies, politicians, hospitals, publishers and faith organisations.

This review will gather evidence to:

  • Identify the impact of the programme over the previous ten years
  • Identify the needs and ambitions of the sector in relation to cataloguing
  • Uncover changing needs of users in relation to cataloguing and accessing collections information
  • Data from this survey will be used to complete the programme review and to makes any changes to the programme

Details relating to individual projects or services will be kept confidential to the research team and not shared unless agreed with the respondent. All feedback will be valued and all views will be fed into discussions on the future of the programme. Please visit to participate.

Posted July 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm

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