Crawley Museum volunteers wanted ahead of big move

Councillor Michael Jones and Crawley Museum curator Helen Poole
Councillor Michael Jones and Crawley Museum curator Helen Poole

A charity preparing for Crawley Museum’s move to the High Street has appealed for volunteers.

The museum will open at The Tree in November after its current premises in Goffs Park House is vacated in early July.

Crawley Museum Society is looking for volunteers to help fill the positions of stewards, collection assistants and education assistants for the new museum.

A Crawley Borough Council spokesman said: “The current museum is spread across the small one level building, which displays historical items such as a 1903 Rex Forecar, bequeathed to the museum when owner Ron Shaw passed away. A cobbler’s area where visiting schoolchildren can get involved and learn to make shoes using traditional methods and a replica model of the Punch Bowl Pub, which was once the National Provincial Bank before becoming one of Crawley’s favourite watering holes, are also on display.

“However, once completed the new museum will be much larger, enabling the Charity to display historical Crawley items from their archives.

“The renovation of The Tree will see it fitted out with new specialist display facilities and equipment, as well as space for a room dedicated to educational material and lots of exciting opportunities ahead for volunteers and the public to get involved.

“To help the charity move and continue its projects across the town, which includes the Ifield Watermill, Crawley Borough Council awarded them more than £60,000. This grant will contribute towards future projects and events.”

Councillor Michael Jones, cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said: “The new Crawley Museum project is fantastic and I am very pleased that we are able to help the Crawley Museum Society display the wide variety of artefacts from Crawley’s heritage in a more unique and accessible way.

“I hope that having this new museum in the centre of Crawley will encourage residents to learn more about the history of this town and volunteer to help preserve it.”

The charity was keen to welcome anyone on board with business and/or accountancy experience.

Email office@crawleymuseums.org or visit www.crawleymuseums.org/cms/

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