For many years the Wisbech & Fenland Museum has been dependent on funding from the local authorities – largely the Fenland District Council and to a lesser extent the Wisbech Town Council. This is partly because we have always strived to keep access to our rich heritage free to all.
The Fenland District Council faces many challenging decisions in the allocation of funding and unfortunately, we are one of the organisations that are seeing the funding on which it relies reduced to nil in the near future.
An Uncertain Future
The Wisbech & Fenland Museum is very grateful to the Wisbech Town Council for their financial support which they quadrupled in 2018, but they can only do so much, and cannot make up the substantial shortfall now faced.
Without this money, the simple truth is that the future of our museum is uncertain.
We are calling on people and businesses for help. By becoming a patron, you can make the future clear.
We passionately believe that the museum is worth saving for the future generations of Wisbech and the surrounding areas. 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. The more vibrant and exciting we can make our town the more likely it is to expand and our businesses to prosper and grow and Wisbech & Fenland Museum has to play a part in that future.
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 raise enough to cover all of their running expenses and often rely on grant funding from the Government.
How you can help
Sign up to our Patrons Scheme now with a regular donation from just £5 a month.
As a small museum, we don't have much to offer. Entrance to the Wisbech & Fenland Museum is free already. We can offer you the knowledge that you have contributed to keeping this historic local institution alive.
Love it, don't lose it!
Join the Patrons Scheme as a Townshend, Peckover or Clarkson patron now by following the links below to set up a Direct Debit and donate this money to us each month. Once you've done that, then get your friends and family to join too!
You can join the Patrons Scheme today!
There are three types of Patron in our scheme:
Don't worry if you can't afford as much as others. There are no rewards for giving more, just donate as much as you can afford.
You can become a Patron by following one of these links to set up a Direct Debit.
Prefer to do it in person?
You can fill out a form at the museum now.
If you need any help, don't wait to get in touch:
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A Treasure House Worth Protecting
At Wisbech & Fenland Museum you can immerse yourself in our treasure house of empowering artefacts and compelling stories in one of the oldest purpose built museums in the country, where we make real history accessible to all. Engage with our collection; learn from the past and be motivated to enrich our future.
Your money enables us to:
- Maintain significant and valuable artefacts, from civil records to local history and artefacts of international importance
- Digitally archive rare and important historic documents to add to the research base
- Educate the next generation
- Run community workshops
- And so much more...