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House on Crutches Museum & BCHRC opening 2016
Easter is especially early this year and this means that there will be a variation to the House on Crutches Museum opening arrangements this season. As usual, the initial opening will happen over the Easter weekend, with afternoon sessions 2pm - 5pm on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday: 25th to 28th March inclusive. Admission FREE
After Easter the Museum will open from 30th April until 17th September, from 2pm - 5pm every Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Admission FREE
Visitors to the museum will be able to find out about many aspects of community life and agriculture in Bishop's Castle and South West Shropshire through displays of local artefacts and memorabilia, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries, alongside displays about the distinctive economic and political history of this unique border town. The museum trust is planning to add a special new artefact this year. We hope you’ll have time to seek it out....
If you can’t make our set opening hours we offer guided tours at a time to suit you – just contact the staff at the nearby Town Hall – email email@example.com or telephone 01588 630 023. Leave your contact and request details and we will get back to you to make arrangements. A small charge is made for such tours (£5 – £10) depending on numbers.
At Bishop's Castle Heritage Resource Centre (BCHRC) in Chapel Yard we hold a regular Local History Centre open session on Saturday mornings from 10.30am - 1pm, when volunteers are on hand to help with family and local history enquiries, as well as selling a range of Bishop's Castle souvenirs such as fridge magnets, book marks and notelets, all with unique local images.
The Local History Centre at Bishop's Castle Heritage Resource Centre will be closed for Christmas and the New Year, with the volunteers who run the Centre taking a break on Saturday 22nd December and 29th December. Budding local family historians will be able to visit the Centre in Chapel Yard on Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 1pm from Saturday 5th January to look at parish registers, census returns, field name maps and other resources, helped by the Centre’s enthusiastic volunteers.www.bchrc.co.uk for information on the full range of BCHRC activities
or more info please leave a message on 01588 630556
Bishop's Castle Heritage Resource Centre’s popular Talks in the Town Hall are returning on Wednesday 4th April for a one-off talk by David Evans on the local photographer Madge Strawson. Her postcards are still sometimes found locally, and David will talk about Madge and her father, whose business was based at the town’s Yarborough House.
The talk will start at 7.30pm and costs £3, with a reduction to £2 for Affiliates and Volunteers at the Centre.
In 2009, volunteers from the House on Crutches Museum approached a number of local artists to discuss “populating” the museum with life-sized figures. Following visits to the museum and familiarising themselves with some of the stories told there, the artists came up with ideas and sketches which were enthusiastically approved by the House on Crutches Executive committee. In 2010 the figures made their first appearance in the museum, and found their final positions in time for the 2011 season.
Now in 2012, to complement the town’s first Arts Festival, the House on Crutches Museum will host a special pre-season opening, to celebrate this collaboration.
The Arts Festival runs from 16th to the 19th February inclusive and the House on Crutches will be open from 2 – 5pm on Saturday the 18th February.
Look out for the colourful banner, made by local artist Beth Hendley, which can be seen hanging from the first floor window as you walk up the hill, and meet one of the founders of the museum collection, Sally Chappell, and our outreach co-ordinator, Judith Payne, who look forward to welcoming you.
See the artists' work in the House on Crutches Museum section of our website.