Supporting the museum
The Wisbech & Fenland Museum is a charity and relies on your support. By supporting us through donations or volunteering, you are helping to fulfil our mission of making the Museum accessible to everyone.
Support from members of the public, companies and charitable organisations helps us to build and refurbish galleries, curate informative and engaging exhibitions, improve facilities, conserve and study the collection, buy objects and develop our learning and events programme.
Your local Museum needs you. Help make a difference today.
For many years past, the Wisbech & Fenland Museum has been dependant on funding from the local authorities. In 2013 the grant from Fenland District Council was £60,000. Fenland District Council must face many challenging decisions in the allocation of funding and we are one of the organisations that will see its funding reduced to nil over the next two years.
We are very grateful to the Wisbech Town Council for their financial support which they have quadrupled this year, but they can only do so much and cannot make up the substantial shortfall now faced. So we have to ask ourselves - can the Wisbech & Fenland Museum survive? - Is it worth saving?
We passionately believe that it is worth saving for the future generations of Wisbech and the surrounding area. It forms part of the limited cultural offerings available in Wisbech, a town that can ill afford to lose any such public institutions if it wants to attract investment and growth. However, to do so requires money. No museum in the country can survive on the proceeds of its own activities. Not even the largest national museums can raise enough to cover all of their running expenses.
We need to re-launch the Wisbech & Fenland Museum with a new approach to finance - no possibilities can be ruled out, everything will be considered, including charging for entry, building a new shop and adding a cafeteria.
But we need time to develop these ideas and that is why we are asking for your help. The Wisbech Town Council can play a vital part, but the people have to contribute directly to the museum if it is to survive.
The Museum needs re-founding and we are asking for support from Re-Founders.
Individuals, charities or businesses who are prepared to donate £1,000 (or more) per year, each year for five years.
We can offer you nothing in return except recognition of your contribution as a new founder in the form of a plaque in the building, in our future publications and in addition to this our profound and sincere thanks.
You would have the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to the survival of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum and securing its future for the people of Wisbech and the surrounding area.
Become a Friend of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum
Support exciting developments at the Museum, enjoy lectures and a 10% discount in our gift shop of purchases of £10 and over.
Volunteer at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum
There are lots of different ways you can contribute to the life of the Museum and we are always looking for volunteers.
Gain professional experience through a work placement
Whether you're a Year 10 student looking for a work placement in a museum, or a university student seeking valuable volunteering experience, we may be able to help. These placements are on a voluntary basis and are intended to help develop specific skills and knowledge, such collections management, or events planning, delivery and evaluation. If you are interested in a placement at the Museum, please contact us to discuss further.
Friends of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum
The Friends of Wisbech & Fenland Museum support the Museum in a variety of ways including -
- Improving the display of the exhibits
- Arranging special exhibitions and lectures
- Furthering the charitable purposes of the Museum and encourage the development of its facilities
In recent years they have supported various acquisitions, for example a new computer for use by Friends and volunteers, text panels for an exhibition and a new display case for the manuscript of Great Expectations. In addition, they continue to research and produce a variety of Museum publications.
Join the Friends and you can enjoy:
- The lecture programme
- Opportunities to volunteer at the Museum
- Invitations to exhibition previews and special events
Pick up an application form from the Wisbech & Fenland Museum, and return it to:
Mr Geoff Hill
Secretary of the Friends
Wisbech & Fenland Museum,
Cambridgeshire, PE13 1ES