The Wollaston Museum, Curiosity Cottage, and Beacon Hill are run by the Wollaston Heritage Society Management Committee. As well as the Committee (currently seven people), we have four Property Trustees who look after the interests of the site. Many of our members are vital to running the site, from stewarding, organising events, maintenance and many other ways. In other words we are a small group of committed volunteers who deal with everything from fundraising to weeding!
Over the last year (2011-12) we have held a wide range of events to raise funds for ever increasing running costs. These include the concert by the Bedford West Gallery Quire held at St Mary’s Church, a quiz at The Works, talks and exhibitions to complement the heritage theme. Our annual Open Gardens Day is our biggest fundraising event, with gardens visited and enjoyed by local people and visitors alike. We are very pleased to say that this year, the Parish Council have agreed to give us an annual grant, for which we are very grateful and which will go some way to help us with maintaining and developing our heritage site.
2012 is a busy year for several reasons and we have tried to include some of its themes: the centenary of the Titanic disaster (two young men from Wollaston were on the ship) and the Queen’s Jubilee. Although we don’t have an Olympic exhibit, we do have new exhibits on Scott Bader and Miss Keep. We would like to offer grateful thanks to Scott Bader for providing items, and also to AirWair International for the Doc Marten items. The Keep family are, of course, well known to Wollaston folk through the teaching of the two daughters, Mary and Alice, and books from the former schoolroom in Bell End were kindly donated by the then owners.
We have been Visit England VAQAS accredited (Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme) and are working towards the Arts Council accreditation which opens the door to further advice and funding opportunities.
Our Archive Room in Curiosity Cottage continues to expand with photos and artefacts, magazines and books, including Wollaston Portrait of a Village, by David Hall.
We are open from April to September, each Sunday and Wednesday, 2.30 – 4.30 pm, and at other times for community groups, by arrangement. Applicants should ring 07804 241430, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Entry is free but donations are always welcome.
We are included in the Northamptonshire Museums and Historic Houses website: http://www.northamptonshireletyourselfgrow.com/museumsandhistorichouses/museum-index/
07804 241430 Email the Heritage Society or visit the Heritage Society's Facebook page
Angela Scheidegger, Secretary.