STORRINGTON AND DISTRICT MUSEUM
Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow
The Old School, School Lane, Storrington, West Sussex RH20 4LL. Tel: 01903 740188
Registered Charity No 1084853
News from the Museum
Monday 9th November - A New Way Forward for the Museum.
Members of the museum society will have received a letter indicating that the current committee intends to stand down at the end of the year. We have long felt that the museum needs new ideas, and the pandemic situation has focused our minds on this issue. In its current form it is failing to attract visitors or fire up local interest. We have substantial reserves behind us, which we would like to see used to improve the museum and its exhibits, thus opening the way to seek grants and donations, rather than just paying rent and other overheads to maintain something that few people seem to want.
We are currently unable to open - having studied the Covid-19 requirements and carried out the neccesary risk assessments we feel it is unfeasible at present. Similarly, we have looked in detail at Charity Commission guidelines regarding changing the way we operate in order to cut costs and widen our appeal, but such changes have drawn considerable opposition.
Therefore, as we know there is an interest in local history, we seek new blood to take the museum forward with a renewed, post-pandemic image, and to re-kindle local interest.
In the meantime we would be pleased to deal with any queries you may have. Please contact us using the form below and we will respond as quickly as possible.
We still hope to be celebrating the 20th ANNIVERSARY of the Museum's foundation at some time in the not-too-distant future.
You can view our Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 Dec 2019 via the button below
About Storrington & District Museum
Run and Funded Entirely by Volunteers
Opened in April 2000 to mark the Millennium, the Museum houses local archaeology, articles from local churches, domestic history, details of local people, their memorabilia, artefacts and articles from the two world wars. The Museum not only covers Storrington, but the surrounding villages of Amberley, Ashington, Bury, Cootham, Parham, Sullington, Thakeham, Washington, West Chiltington and Wiggonholt.
The Museum has a library of local history and has access to old maps, census records and welcomes enquiries on village and local family history. There is a regular newsletter, a programme of evening talks and summer historical walks and excursions. The Museum supports local schools with its education programme.
The Museum is run entirely by volunteers and has to raise funds through fund raising, membership and donations to help with its day to day running costs.
We are a Registered Charity under Registration number 1084583.
Our Constitution can be downloaded via the button below.
APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEER STEWARDS
Can you spare just three hours a month?
Stewards are vital to the Museum and we need more volunteers to help keep the Museum open to the public on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sunday mornings.
Stewards work in pairs and no specialised knowledge or skills are required.
If you would like to learn more, please contact the Museum (see below) or get in touch with Cliff Wilks, tel: 01903 743437, email email@example.com
We can help with your research
The Museum can offer an ad hoc Family History Research service. We are happy to answer your “quick questions” free of charge but a donation is always welcome as we are a volunteer run organisation relying on fund raising. Inquiries requiring more detailed investigation will need the assistance of a qualified genealogical researcher.
For further information regarding local or family history please email us.
Visitors are always welcome at the Museum
(opening times subject to availability of volunteer stewards)
Wednesday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 10am to 1pm
Get in Touch
Please note: Bookings for the halls at The Old School are handled by
the Premises Manager, Sandra Reeves,
The Old School, School Lane, Storrington, West Sussex RH20 4LL