With just over three months until our opening date, we are making the final tweaks to our cases and the display panels, and your new Trowbridge Museum is starting to take shape!  A highlight of December was finalising our gallery wall, putting some of our favourites and never-before-seen paintings in pride of place above our picnic area. It was incredibly difficult to decide what to put on the wall – but even more tricky to make sure they were straight before we attached them!

We had a fantastic end to a very strange year, with an incredibly successful run of Christmas pop-up shop dates in December. Just under 400 people visited us for a sneak peek of the new museum, whilst browsing our range of lovely gifts, souvenirs, and books. One of our most popular items for sale was of course the newly-published book ‘A History, Ashton & Courts Mills’ by Ken Rogers and Helen Montague-Smith.

Our Learning & Outreach team have safely engaged with just under 1000 people through Zoom sessions and socially-distanced history walks, which were made possible by the South West Museum Development Fund and Art Fund who awarded us with the grant to purchase the equipment used for these. We also had over 300 new social media followers in 2020 and are so grateful for the community’s continued support. We are delighted to have been able to continue sharing Trowbridge’s history with you through what has been an incredibly tough few months, and wish you all a happy and healthy 2021.  Don’t forget to keep up to date with our reopening journey on our websiteFacebookInstagram and twitter pages!

We can’t wait to reopen your Trowbridge Museum in March and welcome you all back!