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March 9, 2013

Inspiring Collections will be spending some time with Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum. The museum has sucessfully attracted a major Heritage Lottery grant to redevelop the site and increase public access to the one of the nation’s best preserved Victorian brickworks. I will be co-ordinating the development and recruitment of volunteers to the Brickworks.

Bursledon Brickworks on a sunny day

Bursledon Brickworks on a sunny day

The site is much more than just an unique piece of industrial heritage, it is a community space for a growing band of volunteers. The museum attracts a wide range of volunteers from all walks of life. This diversity is something that is important to the those who come to the museum, and without these volunteers the site would not function. It also something we wish to maintain as the museum will be increasing its volunteer workforce over the coming months (if you are interested in volunteering follow this link).

However the museum needs to attract new grants to continue to develop its sprawling site, and also earn income revenue to operate, and pay for all the necessities of maintaining an independent museum that receives no regular government grant (lighting, insurance, heating and so on). This revenue is largely generated on Open Days when the majority of visitors come to the site. Like many heritage sites Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum is proud that it provides a social and community asset, but realises it has to keep a commericial mindset to survive.

See you at the next Open Day then!

From → Funding, Volunteering

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