Museum needs bringing into 21st century

THE board of the Grantham Community Heritage Association (GCHA) announced that they are working towards reopening the Grantham Museum in time to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the weekend of the 2 June 2012.

Understandably many people responded to GCHA’s announcement with the question: why the delay? Quite simply there is much to be achieved in order to turn the museum into an inspiring visitor attraction.

Before anything else can be taken forward, the interior of the building needs redecorating. This is a time consuming operation as repairs are needed to bring the building into the 21st century. It is also hoped that the museum will also be fitted with a gift shop and café. These innovations will provide a place where people can buy gifts as a memento of their visit and socialise with other visitors.

GCHA recognised that the museum was closed in response to a decline in visitor numbers. To reverse this decline the GCHA aspires to reopen the museum with displays that are quite different to what has gone before.

Lincolnshire County Council, the legal owner of the museum collection, remains extremely supportive of the need to refresh the appearance of the museum. It is, however, not possible to put all of our artefacts (of which there are thousands) on display at the same time.

If the museum is to survive and the collection to remain in Grantham, our heritage needs to be displayed in a creative way that encourages people to visit again and again.

We now need the time to turn the museum into a sustainable place where people enjoy what is a very special collection.