MP Chris praises museum enthusiasts
KINGSWOOD MP Chris Skidmore, who is chair of the newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on museums, visited Kingswood Heritage Museum.
The museum in Warmley hosts displays on the history of industries and activities from around Kingswood and the surrounding areas, along with a growing archive of documents and photographs dating from the 18th century as well as more recent times.
Mr Skidmore toured the facilities alongside Rodney Stone, chair of the museum trustees, and Alan Bryant, joint curator, and learned more about the Brass Mill site and the exhibits, as well as the more modern use of the building by community groups and local clubs.
The museum had to close for some times during lockdown but reopened during the summer after benefiting from a £25,000 grant from the Government's Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund, administered by South Gloucestershire Council.
Mr Stone said: "We were very pleased to welcome Chris Skidmore to our museum. The museum is run entirely by volunteers. It is also an important community facility and houses community groups and activities for residents of all ages, ranging from a boxing gym to workshops for men and women. We are very grateful for Chris's help and support, and for the continuing support of our visitors and our local community."
Mr Skidmore said: “It was as fantastic as ever to visit my local museum and meet with Rodney to learn about the new exhibits and displays in place for this year and how they have implemented guidelines to keep the museum Covid-secure."