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Museum Maker News August 2017

Tuesday 1st August 2017

Funding success!

We are delighted to announce to Museum Makers that Luton Culture has been awarded National Portfolio Organisation status (NPO) for museum related activity, which creates even more opportunities for people to participate and engage with culture and local heritage.

Almost £1million has been awarded by Arts Council England (ACE), Eastern region, which will enable the expansion of Museum Makers. The funding will be provided over the next four years, from 2018-2022.
Karen Perkins, Director of Arts and Museums said ‘This is very exciting news for us; the National Portfolio Organisation status for our museums will allow us to expand and develop this scheme across our other venues, and ensure everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the richness of arts, museums and libraries. It’s great to be at the forefront of an innovative programme, working closely with local people to continue the Museum Makers project, by delivering challenges and targeted projects and opening up deeper, better and richer opportunities for young people and attracting more  diverse volunteers’.
Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: ‘Wardown House Museum & Gallery has a great track record of engaging Luton’s diverse communities with its collections, particularly initiatives like ‘Museum Makers’. We’re pleased to support this work by welcoming Luton Culture to the 2018-22 National Portfolio for its museum related activity. With our support, Luton Culture will continue to evolve the Museum Makers initiative, whilst also developing its signature hat collection and extending its work with children and young people through its schools programme.’
Marie Kirbyshaw,  Chief Executive for Luton Culture said, ‘This is another great funding success story for the trust, we intend to grow from strength to strength’.
The trust will be investing in digital resources to enable researchers, students, local people, other museums and a broader national and international audience access to important collections; it also has an ambition for its significant Hat and Headwear collection to become the UK’s and the world’s, foremost resource on the Hat Industry and Headwear. 

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all Museum Makers who continue to support and collaborate with us. We are extremely excited about this next chapter in the Museum Maker story! 



Summer time fun! - Theatre in Museums

Over the summer holidays, Wardown House, Museum and Gallery will be playing host to two new theatre shows.  The Curator and The Time Traveller are fun, family friendly, interactive theatre experiences that will take audiences on exciting journeys in and around the museum.

The plays are fantastic pieces and will be a great addition to the museum over the summer period. Be sure not to miss them! Tickets are available to purchase online now.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of performances only at Wardown House, subject to availability.


The Time Traveller: Wed 2 Aug | Wed 16 Aug | Wed 30 Aug
10.30AM, 11.30AM & 1PM

Just a regular, every day, completely normal tour of the museum… or is it? A whizz through time with a secret/magical trunk, an imaginative guide and a little of your help. Learn and bring history to life. Remember, you just have to imagine!  

The Curator: Tue 8 Aug | Tue 22 Aug
10.30AM, 11.30AM & 1PM

It’s not a normal day for our intrepid rule following curator. Join Miles for the museum tour of a lifetime where everything changes and new mysteries reveal themselves. Can you help solve the puzzle? Let’s find out together!

Tickets available online or from Box Office: 01582 878100
£6, suitable ages 6+


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