Saturday, July 30, 2005

What's Happening...

The museum has been incredibly busy over the past couple of weeks. The school holidays have really given us a boost. Even though we're still behind on numbers from last year we are now starting to catch up.

Work on the new window display has started. We had a fabulous donation of herbal remedies from Bristol's Frenchay Hospital Medical Museum which closed this year. Joyce has been researching all the plants to find their common names and uses, Carole has labeled them and they are now in the window on some very fine shelves that Graham whipped up from scratch last week. (I helped by drawing a line with a pencil.)

We also had a fantastic donation of items belonging to famous occultist William "Bill" Gray and some of these will soon be gracing the window as well.

A new board has been designed by John Hooper which reinforces the size of the museum. The building looks quite small from the outside and some people don't realise how much is inside. It has a floorplan and several photos of the interior illustrating the large amount of space and numbers of artefacts.

Retail has picked up with the t shirts proving very popular. Steve Patterson's unique Dark Mirrors are also doing very well.

As for general Boscastle news: Clovelly Clothing is charging ahead with the rebuild and is on track to reopen on August 16, exactly one year after the flood; the Riverside is now fully reopened; and a long (approx 200 metres) tunnel has been uncovered in the harbour which will be investigated by an archaeological team. Should be interesting!!

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