WOODHALL SPA COTTAGE MUSEUM RECEIVES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Volunteers at Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum, are delighted to announce that the Museum received the prestigious Award for Excellence at the Lincolnshire Heritage Awards ceremony held on the 10th July at Gainsborough Old Hall. The Cottage Museum was also highly commended for the Inspiration Award.

The Awards are run by the Lincolnshire Heritage Forum and celebrate the wonderful work taking place in museums, historic houses and heritage sites across the county and also reward best practice. The awards, which have been completely redesigned for 2014, were judged David Sleight (Dean of the Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology, University of Lincoln), Emma Tatlow (Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager) and Steve LeMottee (Executive Director at East Midlands Museums Service) during a two day tour of Lincolnshire in May.

The Cottage Museum underwent a significant redevelopment and re-opened its doors to visitors in May 2013. The Museum is packed with intriguing stories and exciting displays about Woodhall Spa and the Wield family who lived in the building from 1887 until the 1960’s. The Museum is housed in a rare surviving example of a bungalow constructed of corrugated iron on a wooden frame and erected in the late nineteenth century. The redevelopment was funded primarily by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The judges in summary felt that the museum,

‘…has been developed through sustained community engagement and volunteering into a jewel in Lincolnshire’s heritage crown. Its development has resulted in a visitor experience that charms, taking one into a home of a family whose memory infuses the entire space with their artefacts and possessions …’

The team at the Cottage Museum is very appreciative of the major contribution to the development made by Jackie Goodall who received an award at the ceremony for her outstanding contribution to many areas of Lincolnshire’s Heritage.

Gill Noble, current Chairman of the Museum said,

‘The success achieved by the Cottage Museum at the recent Heritage Awards ceremony can be attributed to Jackie Goodall who took on various roles in the 11 years she was a volunteer, culminating in her taking over as Chairman in 2010. She drove the project for the redevelopment of the Museum forward with enthusiasm and dedication, supported by a willing team of volunteers’

The Cottage Museum is open to visitors every day from Good Friday until the end of October. A lively and diverse programme of events has been planned for the current season and volunteers at the Museum look forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide.

Contact details:

Gill Noble, Chairman of the Cottage Museum gill3noble@aol.com

For images of the awards ceremony and further information about the Lincolnshire Heritage Awards, please contact Heather Arnatt https://lincsheritageforum.wordpress.com or email lincsheritageforum@gmail.com

Kathy Holland Activity Manager, Cottage Museum info@kathyhollandheritage.co.uk 07522 546189

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