Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Thursday 11 April 11.00 – 4.30

Come and join us for a behind the scenes experience and have a go at some traditional spring tasks as we get ready for another exciting year.

We’ll be planting a traditional cottage garden with vegetables and flowers for eating and dyeing. Families can get creative and use our antique machines to create a knitted scarecrow together or a bug hotel to take home. There will be spring cleaning in the cottages and the chance to explore the collection and choose an object for display. You can even try your hand at knitting on our antique knitting frames!

What’s in store?

It’s an exciting time at the Museum as we prepare for a major Heritage Lottery Funded project. There are many opportunities to get involved and help make this special place even better. Come along to see what a difference you can make.

When it comes to volunteering with us, flexibility is the name of the game. We’re not asking you to commit to regular hours or days, every week or month. It’s completely up to you when and how you help us!

From helping with our annual clean-up and conservation works in January to cataloguing the books and videos in our library, to creating striking social media posts and blogs…there’s so much more to volunteering than you might think! We’re especially interested in hearing from people who’d like to get involved in our educational and outreach activities with local schools and vulnerable groups. But whatever your interests and abilities, we’re sure to have an opportunity to suit.

Best of all, you’ll have the chance to make new friends, spend time at our wonderful museum site and learn new skills. (How would you like to learn how to use and maintain a historic knitting frame or circular knitting machine?) Yes, we’ll ask for your time and effort – when you’re free to give it – but you’ll get so much back in return, including help and support from our team if you need it.

Find out more

To find out more, just come along on 11 April. If you can’t make it on the day, or want to get stuck in straightaway, just contact our Manager & Curator, Jim Grevatte on 0115 984 6914 during opening hours, or email any time.