Volunteers to take over Helston Museum

Falmouth Packet: Volunteers to take over Helston Museum Volunteers to take over Helston Museum

A group of volunteers are poised to take over the running of Helston Folk Museum this summer.

The South Kerrier Heritage Trust (SKHT) is in final discussions with Cornwall Council to transfer responsibility for the museum at the top of Church Street into the control of trustees, hopefully by the start of August.

The trust is now advertising two paid positions, for a full-time curator and a part-time assistant to lead the museum into the future.

Secretary of the heritage trust, David Turnbull, told the Packet: “It’s starting to become a reality now. I think we went to the first meeting a year ago, so it’s taken quite a long time to get it to where it’s real. Advertising for people is quite exciting.”

He said the trust had already received some “fantastic support” from people in the community who have registered to volunteer when the takeover is completed, hopefully on August 1. Details are available in the museum for anyone else interested in offering support.

While the first six months will most likely be taken up with ensuring the trust has everything in place to run the museum as a stand-alone venture, outside of Cornwall Council control, the plan is to make it a “significant visitor attraction” – and one of the first steps will be to extend the opening times.

The appointment of a qualified curator and assistant will help this happen and, importantly, also mean the museum can retain its accredited status. Cornwall Council has agreed to continue part-funding the museum for the next few years, giving in the region of 55 to 60 per cent of the funds it is currently putting in. That means the trust will have to start looking for extra funds in the form of donations and grant applications.

Trust chairman Judith Haycock said: “Helston Folk Museum is entering an exciting time of change, with new opportunities to develop as a museum at the heart of its community and a significant visitor attraction.

“The Trust has a vision for the museum which will attract a wide range of audiences as well as link with, and support, the communities of Helston, the Lizard and surrounding areas.

To request an application pack, which includes full job description and application form for the curator and assistant roles, interested applicants should e-mail their postal address to helston.museum@gmail.com indicating the post they wish to apply for.

Completed applications must be received by July 11, 2013.

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8:03am Fri 21 Jun 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

This is excellent news, hopefully now this will secure the future of the museum, and it is great that it is being run by a very capable group.
This is excellent news, hopefully now this will secure the future of the museum, and it is great that it is being run by a very capable group. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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3:50pm Fri 21 Jun 13

meerkats says...

Great news and a wonderful job opportunity to be the curator . The group seem very enthusiastic , but though i hate to say it i expect there will be some negative comments appearing soon as Mr and Mrs Boase are involved judging from past news items
Great news and a wonderful job opportunity to be the curator . The group seem very enthusiastic , but though i hate to say it i expect there will be some negative comments appearing soon as Mr and Mrs Boase are involved judging from past news items meerkats
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10:18am Sat 22 Jun 13

ronedgcumbe says...

meerkats wrote:
Great news and a wonderful job opportunity to be the curator . The group seem very enthusiastic , but though i hate to say it i expect there will be some negative comments appearing soon as Mr and Mrs Boase are involved judging from past news items
I agree a great oportunity for someone. A shame you need a degee to apply as I would like to apply myself.
[quote][p][bold]meerkats[/bold] wrote: Great news and a wonderful job opportunity to be the curator . The group seem very enthusiastic , but though i hate to say it i expect there will be some negative comments appearing soon as Mr and Mrs Boase are involved judging from past news items[/p][/quote]I agree a great oportunity for someone. A shame you need a degee to apply as I would like to apply myself. ronedgcumbe
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8:26pm Sat 22 Jun 13

Tyrone Shulace says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
meerkats wrote:
Great news and a wonderful job opportunity to be the curator . The group seem very enthusiastic , but though i hate to say it i expect there will be some negative comments appearing soon as Mr and Mrs Boase are involved judging from past news items
I agree a great oportunity for someone. A shame you need a degee to apply as I would like to apply myself.
That's a shame mate, seems silly paying someone degree price wages when someone like you with local knowledge could do it for local wages.
Still at least it will be better run now its out the hands of the useless town council. If it was left to them I think they would probably re launch it with a logo.
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]meerkats[/bold] wrote: Great news and a wonderful job opportunity to be the curator . The group seem very enthusiastic , but though i hate to say it i expect there will be some negative comments appearing soon as Mr and Mrs Boase are involved judging from past news items[/p][/quote]I agree a great oportunity for someone. A shame you need a degee to apply as I would like to apply myself.[/p][/quote]That's a shame mate, seems silly paying someone degree price wages when someone like you with local knowledge could do it for local wages. Still at least it will be better run now its out the hands of the useless town council. If it was left to them I think they would probably re launch it with a logo. Tyrone Shulace
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11:12am Sun 23 Jun 13

Hermitt-Crabb says...

I do not understand your commens meerkats. I have not seen anything about Mr or Mrs Boase in the local papers for over a year now.

Why on earth do you need a degree. Surely you need someone with local knowledge and enthusiasm to run a local museum.

Ron, as far as I know the Town Council never ran or had anything to do with the museum, it was Cornwall Council. So why are you blaming the Town Council, or is it just sour grapes because you did not get elected to the very Council you are now so critical of ?
I do not understand your commens meerkats. I have not seen anything about Mr or Mrs Boase in the local papers for over a year now. Why on earth do you need a degree. Surely you need someone with local knowledge and enthusiasm to run a local museum. Ron, as far as I know the Town Council never ran or had anything to do with the museum, it was Cornwall Council. So why are you blaming the Town Council, or is it just sour grapes because you did not get elected to the very Council you are now so critical of ? Hermitt-Crabb
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2:00pm Sun 23 Jun 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Hermitt-crabb, I think meerkats is referring to the negative comments placed on line here recently by someone, regarding Councillor John Boase and his wife. The comments were removed by the Packet.
Hermitt-crabb, I think meerkats is referring to the negative comments placed on line here recently by someone, regarding Councillor John Boase and his wife. The comments were removed by the Packet. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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2:43pm Sun 23 Jun 13

meerkats says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
Hermitt-crabb, I think meerkats is referring to the negative comments placed on line here recently by someone, regarding Councillor John Boase and his wife. The comments were removed by the Packet.
Thanks Gill that is precisely what i meant re Mr and Mrs Boase.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: Hermitt-crabb, I think meerkats is referring to the negative comments placed on line here recently by someone, regarding Councillor John Boase and his wife. The comments were removed by the Packet.[/p][/quote]Thanks Gill that is precisely what i meant re Mr and Mrs Boase. meerkats
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2:47pm Sun 23 Jun 13

Tyrone Shulace says...

Hermitt-Crabb wrote:
I do not understand your commens meerkats. I have not seen anything about Mr or Mrs Boase in the local papers for over a year now.

Why on earth do you need a degree. Surely you need someone with local knowledge and enthusiasm to run a local museum.

Ron, as far as I know the Town Council never ran or had anything to do with the museum, it was Cornwall Council. So why are you blaming the Town Council, or is it just sour grapes because you did not get elected to the very Council you are now so critical of ?
I don't understand your comments, meerkats is right, firstly there has been loads of articles within the last year on line and in the paper about Mr Boase like about the cross he made last Christmas and the shop he was opening/has opened in the town, and the Movember charity event he took part in, its only June now. I would say you obviously don't read the Packet.
Secondly, where does Ron criticise the council? I cant see any comment on this story where he has even mentioned the council, I was the one that mentioned the council, the museum does come under CC but I was talking about the fact that there is no chance now for the town council to ever take over it now as the decision is out of their hands. I criticise the town council because they don't know how to spend money, If they can't run the town and need a manager how could they run the museum. Ron doesn't have 'sour grapes' some people are always quick to pick fault with Ron, well this time your wrong because he never mentioned the town council. You wouldn't be Mrs Smythe revived under a new name would you by any chance.
Thirdly, It is not someone with a degree to run the museum it is just a curators job.
[quote][p][bold]Hermitt-Crabb[/bold] wrote: I do not understand your commens meerkats. I have not seen anything about Mr or Mrs Boase in the local papers for over a year now. Why on earth do you need a degree. Surely you need someone with local knowledge and enthusiasm to run a local museum. Ron, as far as I know the Town Council never ran or had anything to do with the museum, it was Cornwall Council. So why are you blaming the Town Council, or is it just sour grapes because you did not get elected to the very Council you are now so critical of ?[/p][/quote]I don't understand your comments, meerkats is right, firstly there has been loads of articles within the last year on line and in the paper about Mr Boase like about the cross he made last Christmas and the shop he was opening/has opened in the town, and the Movember charity event he took part in, its only June now. I would say you obviously don't read the Packet. Secondly, where does Ron criticise the council? I cant see any comment on this story where he has even mentioned the council, I was the one that mentioned the council, the museum does come under CC but I was talking about the fact that there is no chance now for the town council to ever take over it now as the decision is out of their hands. I criticise the town council because they don't know how to spend money, If they can't run the town and need a manager how could they run the museum. Ron doesn't have 'sour grapes' some people are always quick to pick fault with Ron, well this time your wrong because he never mentioned the town council. You wouldn't be Mrs Smythe revived under a new name would you by any chance. Thirdly, It is not someone with a degree to run the museum it is just a curators job. Tyrone Shulace
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