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CHALLENGING TIMES - Message from Museum Chairman Christine Walton

posted Apr 30, 2020, 6:24 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Apr 30, 2020, 6:27 AM ]
 Since first becoming aware of Coronavirus a whole 'other language' seems to have crept into my vocabulary with words or terms like 'unprecedented, pandemic, lockdown, social distancing, self-isolation and furloughed' increasingly creeping into my conversations to illustrate the current situation. The severity of this crisis touches every single one of us in different ways as we grapple with this sudden and very different way of life. I have been inspired by the kind, generous, practical and inventive ways in which small communities like Lostwithiel have responded to the challenges presented. An appreciation for the preciousness of life and all that we hold dear is perhaps being tested more acutely than ever before, certainly in my lifetime. I would like to thank all of you for the varied and vital contributions you are making to support this special town and help it to continue to thrive.

Following our official closure period in response to the Coronavirus enforced lockdown period we have received a few enquiries as to when the Museum plans to re-open to visitors. The simple answer is that we have no idea. Although, at the time of writing, there is no specific date we are still busily working behind the scenes [at home] to ensure that when the Government announces that it's safe for Museums to re-open we will be ready. It is hoped that we will still be able to open from 10.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday but that depends on a number of factors, not least our ability to maintain sufficient numbers of volunteers. Lostwithiel Museum is run entirely by volunteers and without this valued team of special people the Museum has no future. This is also a challenging period for the life of Lostwithiel Museum which is looking forward to celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2021.

 With my special thanks for your interest and continued support for the Museum throughout this difficult period. Take care, stay safe and keep well.

With very good wishes to one and all,

Christine Walton [Chairman]