Congleton Museum Trust, a registered charity, was formed in 1985 by a group of local history enthusiasts to pull together as much as possible of the history of Congleton and to explore ways of exhibiting it to the community. It was 2002 before the trust managed to open the museum in the former police station next to the Town Hall. There was by then a wealth of fascinating artefacts to display, including an Anglo Saxon log boat, a burial urn from 1500 BC, two major coin hoards from the 17th Century plus numerous items of historical interest from more recent times.
Entry to Congleton Museum is free! However, the Museum depends on income from membership, gifts and donations from visitors.
The Museum is run almost entirely by volunteers with little regular grant aid. It
has to be financed through fund raising. Becoming a Friend of Congleton Museum can help in two ways.
If you have time to spare, perhaps you could help out in some way, and pay for your membership with your time. They need people to staff the reception desk during opening hours, do research, do administrative work, transcribe old documents, register new acquisitions, help with refreshments at events, construct exhibitions – the tasks are endless. If you can’t commit to a regular time each week, there are many jobs which can be done whenever you have a spare hour or two.
If you don’t have time to be a volunteer, you can pay for your membership with money. The more paying members they have, the more the museum can do.
Friends are automatically members of Congleton Museum Trust, giving the right to vote at the annual general meeting and elect the trustees who manage the museum. You also get invitations to talks held in the education room, access to library and research facilities and a regular newsletter.
If you are interested in becoming a member, take a look at the website today.