Co-op shoppers raise £3k for museum!

The Framework Knitters Museum is delighted and astonished to have received an amazing donation of almost £3,000 from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

Earlier in the year, our ‘Hidden Histories’ exhibition project was chosen as one of the nominated causes to receive funds from Co-op members who shop at local stores and use Co-op services in the Nottinghamshire area. Funding for the project ended in April 2017 and we’ve just found out that we’ll soon be receiving a cheque for an impressive £2,998.06.

Nicola Wood, Museum Manager & Curator, comments: ‘This is the second time the Framework Knitters Museum has been lucky enough to be chosen to receive donations from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Once again, we’re astounded by the support and generosity of Co-op members in Ruddington and the surrounding area. We really can’t thank you enough as it’s down to you that the “Hidden Histories” exhibition project will become a reality.’

‘Hidden Histories’ will involve a series of workshops to explore and capture the oral memories of Ruddington people, with a particular reference to working life past and present within the village. The project will also seek to uncover any new information on past residents and employees of the framework knitters’ cottages at the museum site. Supported by volunteers and student researchers, the museum will work alongside local community groups and individuals to capture these stories for future generations.

Explains Nicola: ‘We’ll use the findings and outcome from the workshops to create an exciting new temporary exhibition in the Chapel Art Gallery, which will tell these stories to a multi-generational audience. The “Hidden Histories” project will give our local community a fantastic opportunity to archive and share their heritage with present and future generations.’

The staff, trustees and volunteers at the Framework Knitters Museum would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to every Co-op member who’s chosen to support this project, to the manager and staff at the Ruddington Co-op, and to the Co-op Local Community Fund team for their continued support.

Watch this space for the Hidden Histories project launch to be announced!