~~Fordingbridge Museum reopens its door for the summer season on Tuesday April 9th after a winter of frantic activity. Volunteers have been beavering away dismantling some exhibits, assembling others, cleaning, cataloguing and planning.
We have new exhibits for you to look at and some new technology for you to play with. We also plan a special event to coincide with the exhibition on Augustus John at Salisbury Museum.
Free talk on Alfred the Great’s war against the Danes
~~There will be a free talk on Alfred the Great’s war against the Danes at the Friends of Fordingbridge Museum’s Annual General Meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday 12th February. The meeting will be held at Avonway Community Centre in Fordingbridge and will start at 2.30pm and include a short interval where tea and coffee will be served.
~~Twenty eight year six pupils from Western Downland School took over Fordingbridge Museum. The pupils took on a variety of roles such as meeting and greeting visitors, running the shop and talking to the public about the exhibits.
Fordingbridge Museum brings the town “No Petticoats Here”, an acclaimed show telling the incredible stories of women in WW1. Renowned international artist Louise Jordan will be performing her inspirational work at St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30 pm on 24th November 2018. Tickets to this rich visual and auditory experience are on sale for £13 at The Fordingbridge Bookshop and include a light supper. The audience is invited to bring their own wine.
~~Visit the Every Man of Fordingbridge Remembered exhibition at the Town Hall on November 9th, 10th and 11th from 10am till 5pm. The exhibition, which tells the stories of the local men who lost their lives during the First World War, is the culmination of four years of research by local volunteers. Researchers will be on hand to help anyone who wants to find out about their relatives.
Remember to also visit the WW1 display in the Museum. The Museum is currently open (11am – 4pm) and will be open on Sunday 11th (12 noon till 4pm) before closing for the winter season.
~~An exciting new exhibition has just opened at Fordingbridge Museum to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War. It features a range of original artefacts from the war as well as war related contributions from young and old in the community. The exhibition runs until November 11th and is open 11.00 am to 4.00 pm excluding Sundays except 11th November.
~~In the year that marks the centenary of the end of WW1 the Friends of Fordingbridge Museum have chosen a very appropriate guest speaker for their Annual General Meeting at Avonway on Tuesday 6th February 2018.
~~Lt Col Mike Richardson OBE is a retired British Army officer who has conducted extensive research into the lives of the 55 members of the communities of the Western Downland villages comprising of Damerham, Martin, Rockbourne and Whitsbury, who died in service during both World Wars. He has collected his research into a booklet of comprehensive, illustrated biographies, copies of which have been placed in the four parish churches, each village hall and the local school. In his talk, Mike will give an overview of how he conducted his research and describe the personal and service lives of a number of the Western Downland fallen.
Nine pairs of socks knitted to a WW1 design have been brought over 3,000 miles from Canada in response to an appeal by Fordingbridge Museum. Ann Burtt, who lives in the small settlement of North Gower, which is a 45 minute drive away from Ottawa, had heard from her sister Sandie Allison who lives in Cadnam, that the museum were asking people to knit socks to a WW1 pattern to mark the centenary of the end of the war next year. Ann is part of a knitting group nicknamed “The Knifty Knitters” who meet each week in their local library to knit and socialise.
David Shering will be demonstrating the traditional use of working horses in farming and forestry in the fields behind St Mary’s Church at 2.30 pm on Saturday 2nd September. Tickets at £7 for adults and £4 for children are available from Fordingbridge Museum or Fordingbridge Book shop. The price includes a locally produced burger or sausage in a roll with salad. Children under 3 are free and a family ticket is £18 (2 adults and 2 children) Tickets are available on the gate (£8 adult and £20 family) and all proceeds go to Fordingbridge Museum. There will be an ice-cream vendor on site and you are invited to bring your own chairs, gazebo or sunshade and drinks.
Fordingbridge Museum is appealing for people to hand knit socks to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 next year after failing to find someone who could operate a circular sock knitting machine that was used by the local WI to knit socks for the troops in WW1.
Katharine Puttick from Fordingbridge Museum will be giving an illustrated talk using recorded memories of former residents of Fordingbridge and the surrounding areas on Friday 25th November at 7.00 pm at Avonway Community Centre.
Fordingbridge Museum is facing a serious shortage of volunteer stewards who play a vital role in keeping the museum open. It urgently needs to recruit people who are willing to give up a small amount of time to man the front desk and welcome visitors.
The granting of grade 2 listed status to the bronze statue of Augustus John in Fordingbridge has been welcomed by Fordingbridge Museum. The statue, which occupies a prominent position beside the bridge in Fordingbridge, was awarded grade 2 listing by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport along with 40 other statues from across the country.
The statue of the artist Augustus John near the bridge in Fordingbridge will be the subject of a talk by Dr Jonathan Black of Kingston University on Tuesday 31st March 2015 at 7.30 pm in the Victoria Rooms, Fordingbridge. Tickets cost £9 in advance from the Fordingbridge Bookshop or £10 on the door. The price includes a glass of wine.