Recently taking the helm at Grantham Museum is Coun Adam Stokes.
After three years as finance director, Adam is taking over from Helen Goral as the new chairman of the Grantham Community Heritage Association (GCHA), the charitable trust which runs the museum. Adam spoke to the Journal about the importance of the museum, and plans during his year in charge.
How did you first become associated with Grantham Museum?
I was asked to help in 2012 and I thought it was important to give back to the community. The Museum is a very important building within the town, and it attracts additional tourists and visitors to Grantham which helps local businesses. It’s been a great year - I think the organisation has done a fantastic job and I want to continue that.
Do you think Grantham has a rich history?
Definitely. Getting away from the obvious with Margaret Thatcher and Edith Smith, there is also the industrial heritage with businesses like Aveling Barford and Marco’s. I’ve lived in Grantham most of my life and I’m very proud of its history.
What are your plans for the Musuem during the coming year?
After the fantastic refurbishment and the new exhibitions, it is about keeping things going and building on that. We have got a big project running this year called My Grantham, with exhibits of items made in Grantham andlots of stories being told from Grantham’s past. For more information go to mygrantham.org
The Museum has introduced more technology into exhibits - why do you think this is important?
I think it’s all about bringing it into the 21st Century. It can be difficult to finance these, but we would like to see more.
How can people get involved with the Museum?
We have a great team including a number of volunteers who help out. I think the Museum is a fantastic asset to the town and I do hope local people come and support us. Without them we wouldn’t be able to continue.
Anyone interested in volunteering, for example in the shop, helping with school visits, and with fund-raising, can email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.