Malvern Museum organises a number of activities throughout the year.
Lectures are held on the last Friday of every month from September through to April. The History of Croome Court, the royal wives and mistresses since William the Conqueror – yes all of them!, GWR railway growth and decline, medieval manuscripts, Worcestershire’s secret army in the Second World War, local Victorian family stories, have all featured over the last few seasons, along with many other talks. The lectures are free to the Friends of Malvern Museum and £2 for members of the public.
Malvern Museum organises a number of events to raise money to meet the cost of running the museum and updating display fixtures. Re-enactments of the Water Cure have proved quite popular and take place in the Coach House Theatre, Malvern. Florence Nightingale and Edward Elgar have also been the subjects of public lectures.
Supermarket collections provide other successful fundraising activities and Waitrose has kindly included us in their community ‘green token’ collections.
The museum takes part in the National Heritage weekend in early September. Admission to the museum is free and stewards often dress in costume. Donations are encouraged of course! The dulcitone, a portable piano type instrument, is played outside. It was originally played at St Anne’s Well by ‘Blind George’ to entertain visitors in the last century.
Malvern Town Council has organised a heritage day to fall on the Saturday nearest to St George’s Day on April 23rd. The museum supports this through free admission and temporary displays or family challenges.
Malvern Museum supports Civic Week in July by providing temporary displays that reflect the theme chosen for the Week. In 2018 it successfully co-organised an exhibition in Malvern Priory called ‘Malvern in 60 Objects. Many of the exhibits came from the museum’s collections and generated much interest.
Outside exhibitions are designed and supervised by other enthusiastic volunteers. Malvern Museum pops up in the Public Library, Great Malvern Priory, WestFest and some county organised events, and exhibitions offer the public a glimpse into different periods from Malvern’s history. In this way some of our prints and artefacts are seen by a larger audience, and again donations are often forthcoming.
Priory Gatehouse Restoration Fundraising Activities
Malvern Museum has already been responsible for two fairly major programmes to restore parts of the Priory Gatehouse. 2018 saw the conclusion of the third phase to repair and conserve the stonework, gutters, roof, wall tiles, parapet and stone mullion windows.