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22 September 2020
Wisbech Museum wins grant to make its collection available to online audiences
Wisbech & Fenland Museum has received a grant of £19,000 to respond to museum closure due to Covid-19 and the needs of its audiences.
The money from the Museums Association’s Esmèe Fairbairn Collections Fund has set up the New Conversations Project which will use community volunteers to develop digital exhibitions and reach out to the public in new ways through social media.
Project officer Sarah Coleman said: “Wisbech and Fenland Museum has a fantastic collection and we want to put it out there online to better serve existing audiences and attract more people to engage with it. We're delighted that this grant will enable us to do that.”
The Museum staff has continued to work throughout the Covid-19 crisis though the building has been closed to the public.
Recently very limited numbers of visitors have been allowed for special advance-booked events, such as Family Bubble Days and the recent Heritage Open Days – but a return to normal Tuesday to Saturday all-day free opening is not possible for the time being.
Curatorial assistant Sarah Cousins said: “Recent curator-led posts on social media have been a hit. We've had some great feedback with VJ day and local photos from the museum's collection.
“It feels like people are getting behind the museum digitally, following, liking, adding their experiences and memories of the town and crucially adding to the stories of our Fenland.
“Every week we're focusing on different parts of the collection on Facebook and Twitter. If you haven't seen us online yet, take a look.”
Main picture - Crowning of Three Holes May Queen, 1955 from the family album of former Wisbech mayor Wilfred Allen.
Pictured Left - Mess tin that Jack Burton from Wisbech used in Japanese POW camps after the fall of Singapore.
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