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Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery


New curator, Sarah Russell, introduces herself and tells us what there is to look forward to at Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery.


There has been a lot of change going on at the museum recently and lots of exciting things to look forward to. I moved to the museum in the middle of April this year after two and a half years working on Historic Duxford at IWM Duxford. As a historian it is fantastic to work in an area that has so much history, not just in Royston but in the surrounding villages as well. The test pit project run by Meldreth Local History Group is a case in point.


One of the things that has really struck me in the short time I have been here is the active and thriving culture of local research. This varies from volunteers within the museum researching the old shops in Royston to individuals dropping in to find out the history of their family, house or village. This will gradually become even easier to do as we work towards getting all the local ephemera and photographs catalogued and digitised. It will also be helped by a new research hub; a dedicated space within the museum where people can look through the archives, talk to the knowledgeable volunteers and work on their projects.


Over the next few months we will also be hoping to start researching and developing a programme of events and activities to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. This will consider how the war affected the people of Royston and the surrounding area. So, if you have any family stories from this period of our history or would like to be involved with the project, please get in touch.


I have also been very pleased recently to hang the exhibition of the Meldreth Monday artists, which is proving to be a great success. Exhibitions are a big part of what the museum does and they change fairly frequently, so there is always something worth popping in to see. The current exhibition runs until Saturday 20th July.


If you are interested in volunteering at the museum; exhibiting art shows, schools visits or holding events with us, please contact me on (01763) 242587 or email curator@roystonmuseum.org.uk.


The museum is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from10.00am to 4.45pm.


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