THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
Our current position
To the best of our knowledge, all of our museum volunteers are safe and sound, keeping the dread virus at bay, which at least that is something to be happy about. We are missing the pleasure of greeting visitors, of course, and showing them our museum, but we know that this situation won't last forever. Our Directors are working on plans to reopen the museum safely - it won't be done in a hurry.
The Covid-19 pandemic has endangered our very existence, now, as it has for enterprises everywhere. Normally, as an independent museum run by and for the Sheringham community, we are able to manage without regular grants, but not this year.
It is with great relief, therefore, that we have accepted support from the Art Fund, North Norfolk District Council and Arts Council England that will keep the museum safe for the time being. We are very grateful for the help.
Arts Council England tell us that a very large percentage of their Emergency Relief Fund has been provided by the National Lottery, so a big shout must go out to our friends at the Lottery. Their Heritage fund has been a major player in the development of this museum, too.
Our On-Line Exhibition area is now open
We have been working on the design of an online exhibition system for some time now, and the current situation with Covid-19 has hastened it along.
It is still in its early stages, of course - we have a lot of work to do, building the exhibition modules. However, we have a small number that you can investigate; click on 'ONLINE' in the menu bar above.
Some of our modules will revisit popular past exhibitions; others will present material which is difficult to display in the limited space we have in the Museum building. Our aim is to have the online material complement the Museum's current displays.
Eventually we will ask for a small entry fee to our online area to help cover our running costs, but until we have sufficient content to justify that, we invite you to browse.
In the meantime, we have something to keep the youngsters (or the young-at-heart) busy ...... a colouring-in project. It's a lovely drawing of the Upper Sheringham mermaid. She is the central character in an old fishermen's fantasy (ask us when next you visit!). Click HERE to download it and send your finished job to us by post or email (details below) - we would love to see it!