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Report from 2019 AGM

posted Nov 29, 2019, 11:10 PM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Nov 29, 2019, 11:11 PM ]
 Many thanks to those who attended the Museum AGM on 20th Nov. The newly elected committee comprises: Christine Walton [Chairman], Helen Rogers [Secretary], John Smith [Treasurer], Peter Best [Editor Museum Matters magazine], Tremar Menendez [Advisor], Maggie Lancaster [member with responsibility as Joint Stewards' Organiser]. A letter of resignation was received from Amanda Davidge [Curator]. Deborah Clough resigned from Window Display Co-ordinator earlier in 2019. My thanks to Amanda and Deborah for their contributions and my good wishes for their new ventures. As no nominations were received in time for the AGM, the roles of Curator and Window Display Co-ordinator remain vacant. Sincere thanks and appreciation were given to the Museum volunteers and supporters comprising: Trustees, individual current and outgoing Committee members, Stewards,Town Heritage Walks Guides, helpers behind the scenes, and members of Lostwithiel Museum Association.

Thanks were also given to those who hold key roles outside the formal committee structure: Keith Southgate [Webmaster], Ian Gillett [Publications], Caroline Surgey [Joint Stewards' Co-ordinator], Gill Parsons [Family History Researcher], Celia Robbins [Oral History Project]. Mary Jones resigned as Town Heritage Walks Co-ordinator. Prior to the AGM Shelley Barratt confimed her willingness to support the Committee as Town Heritage Walks Co-ordinator. The Walks Guides team comprise: Mary Jones, John Pegg, Derrick Hines, Geoff Barratt. Paul Sweet agreed to continue as the Auditor for Accounts.

In addition Bryony Robins [Museum Development Officer], Dr Joanna Mattingly [Accreditation Mentor], Helena Jaescke [Conservation Development Officer], Jo Moore [Curator Wheal Martyn Museum] were all thanked for their invaluable support for professional matters.

Additional thanks were given to Cornwall Museums Partnership and FEAST for the Cornwall Heritage Awards and Bright Sparks Project; to Julia Parfitt for maintaining the plant trough; Palace Printers; business outlets [Lost in Books, Watts Trading, Uzella Court] for selling publications /displaying leaflets; sponsors for the Window Displays [The Romantic Englishwoman, Acupuncture Cornwall, Lanhydrock Accountancy Practice, Celia Johnson, MKM Extrusions, Lostwithiel Business Group]; Debenie Morse & team for Lostwithiel Newsletter; Chris Mansfield for the bespoke reception / reference areas.##On a high note, visitor numbers have been rising, eg from 2764 in 2017 to 4839 in 2018, a significant increase. Figures for 2019 have yet to be totalled with visitors on Dickensian Evening likely to bring final numbers close to those achieved in 2018.

Whilst by no means a definitive list, major objectives for the year ahead include: applying to the Arts Council for re-Accreditation; expanding the Sponsorship Scheme to include artefacts, projects, events; applying for grant-funding to conserve Joseph Burnett's Cloak and replace non-museum standard display cabinets; increasing the numbers of volunteers.

To be successful, running the Museum has to be a team effort, one that requires a collaborative approach. My very special thanks and appreciation to everyone involved in the proces
s of helping Lostwithiel Museum to thrive and flourish and be the best that it can be.