The Trowbridge Museum team were very excited to be able to return to site full-time this month as a bubble of six! Whilst we have been working on site under strict COVID-19 guidelines on a rota basis since May, this is the first time we have been able to work as a complete team since March.

This month, our Retail and Income Generation Officer Andrea has secured funding from the South West Museum Development Programme ‘Small Grant: Big Improvement’ scheme, which will be used to make our library database accessible to members of the public online. This new addition to our website, along with our Zoom Learning and Outreach sessions (you’ll see that our mascot Stumpy managed to get in on the act, too!) and socially-distanced guided walks led by David and Nikki, will ensure that we can continue to engage with the community remotely and still offer some of our vital services.

The team were also delighted to be featured on BBC Radio Wiltshire for ‘Museum Passion’ week. Four of our unique objects went head-to-head with those from other Wiltshire-based museums, and our team were thrilled that the public voted to hear about all four of our submissions, including our fantastic Spinning Jenny, a teasel handle and a lovely Victorian wedding dress.

With guidelines permitting, our pop-up shop will be opening on select dates from the end of November through December. Despite what we’ve all been through over the last few months, Christmas will soon be upon us, so you’re bound to be able to find the ideal gift with us. Visitors can buy Trowbridge Museum and Stumpy Sheep branded merchandise including tote bags, mugs, tea towels, pens and pencils, and can choose from a range of fantastic gifts, including our Trowbridge Museum classic – the knitted mice! Keep your eyes peeled for our pop-up shop dates and the grand unveiling of our new Stumpy Sheep design across our FacebookInstagram and twitter pages.