Help us secure the Centre’s future for generations to come
We’re privileged to have such a wonderful and growing collection of historical objects – from the extraordinary to the everyday – and we want to make this available to as many people as possible. We’re also committed to doing all we can to tell the stories of the people of Long Melford and the surrounding area that might otherwise be forgotten.
But we need your help.
As an independent charity the Long Melford Heritage Trust relies on donations to allow us to survive and flourish. But we are desperate for a permanent home with the vital space to display our collections. At the moment we can only offer a snapshot.
Your donation today really could make all the difference.
It’s the wonderful generosity of our many supporters like you that has allowed us to create a heritage centre for the village. But we want to do more than simply survive. With your generous support, we want to unlock the full potential of the Centre, achieve accredited museum status and find a permanent home.
We have identified the following key fundraising priorities. Support for the Trust in these areas will transform what we are able to offer our visitors and the communities of Long Melford and the surrounding areas.
1. A new home
Although we love our current display space in a room in the Village Memorial Hall complex, we’ve now outgrown it. We are only able to show a fraction of our collections, which for the most part remain in storage. We urgently need a permanent home in the village that offers scope for the development of interactive and exciting exhibitions that do justice to the fascinating history of the area.
Please contact us if you would like to support the development of a unique and permanent museum for Long Melford.
2. Conservation and collections
Restoration: it’s vital that we take good care of the items in our collection, and we know that many are in need of urgent conservation and restoration work. Acting now will ensure these items can be preserved for future generations.
Digitisation: we want to make more of our collection available online, along with additional content including videos and blogs.
3. Outreach work with local schools and community groups
Our museum should be for all the people of Long Melford, regardless of their background or means. Our outreach work is essential in realising this goal.
Additional funding would transform what we are able to do with local schools and community groups, benefitting children, the elderly and other under-served groups.
Support for this priority would allow the Centre to help people tell their stories and thrive as a hub for social history in Long Melford.
The Centre currently has no core funding in place to mount temporary exhibitions, yet these are a vital part of what any museum offers. A changing cycle of exhibitions will help to attract more visitors, aiding the Centre’s long-term sustainability.
We can only do this vital work with your help.
- Every donation helps us look after our unique collections.
- Every donation helps us to get more people involved, enriching lives and making a difference.
- Every donation – no matter what size – makes an important difference.
However you choose to give, and at whatever amount, please consider making a donation to the Long Melford Heritage Centre today.
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