Volunteers Flock to Helston Museum open day
10:40am Thursday 31st January 2013 in News
Well over 70 people answered a call to volunteer and attended an open day at Helston Museum.
With 45 people already registered to volunteer and a further 20 people unable to make the day, but who have said they would like to be involved, the future is looking bright for the tourist attraction at the top of Church Street.
Judith Haycock, chairman of the South Kerrier Heritage Trust, which is looking at taking over control of the museum, said: “It was marvellous - just what we needed.”
The museum is currently owned and controlled by Cornwall Council, but the South Kerrier Heritage Trust would like to take over its running.
While the council is likely to retain some employees, a bank of volunteers is needed to help manage it both front of house and behind the scenes.
They were encouraged to attend an open day at the museum, where the plan for the future was explained and people were taken on tours of the exhibits.
“The enthusiasm was wonderful and I think people enjoyed having a look around,” said Mrs Haycock. “We took people to see behind the scenes - I think it inspired people to realise what needs doing. While we walked round there was a lot of discussion.”
Ideas raised by visitors included the need for more education use of the museum, with schools making trips there.
More guidance was needed for people looking around the exhibits and one person suggested making a trail for children.
“That's the kind of thing we want people to take on,” added Mrs Haycock. “The volunteers are to add the extras.”
Volunteers are needed “right across the board,” from speaking to visitors when they arrive and organising the website, to collating exhibits behind the scenes.
“If anybody wants to volunteer we can find a job for them,” said Mrs Haycock.
Call Mrs Haycock on 01326 563870 or secretary David Turnbull on 07990 613751.