Volunteering at the Loughborough Carillon War Memorial Museum
The most noble and beautiful building in Loughborough is, without doubt, the Carillon Tower, built after the Great War as a memorial to those Loughborough men who died in that war.
During normal times the tower is open to the public and three floors of the tower are given over to a military museum which is run entirely by volunteers.
In 2018 Charnwood Borough Council along with the War Memorials Trust carried out a major renovation of the tower and during this work the museum remained closed and the committee and volunteers saw this as an opportunity to replace the display cabinets in the two upper floors and an application for funding was made to the National Lottery.
Unfortunately, we were not successful but people from the lottery visited us to give us feedback and advice on how to succeed if we re-applied. They were keen on our project and, of course, just loved the tower. We were about to submit our second application when the application process was halted because of corona virus.
Our application is not just about new cabinets. We intend, in the future, to sell the museum, the tower, the bells, Queens Park and the proximity of Charnwood Museum as a single visitor attraction. We will also cultivate our relationship with Taylor’ Bell Foundry.
To be successful we need volunteers, our collection is in storage at the moment but will, one day, be back in place in the museum rooms, we will need museum guides, cataloguers, photographers, researchers, writers of object labels, whatever your skills or interests are there is something for you, either as a regular volunteer, like the museum guides or an ‘as and when needed’ like carpenters etc. You could find a role within the carillon or a role that can be fulfilled at home. Email us for more information or just to wish us luck. firstname.lastname@example.org
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