Heritage Lottery Fund grant for Haslemere Museum

The cheque given to the museum
The cheque given to the museum
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HASLEMERE Museum has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a fundraising project which will safeguard the future of the award-winning centre.

It will be led by the new income generating and donor development officer, Jan Jeffcoat, whose 12-month role will concentrate on the project two days a week.

Mrs Jeffcoat’s fundraising and volunteer development experience includes working for organisations such as Action for Children and Volunteering England.

Her work with the museum will focus on fundraising strategies such as legacies and bequests, membership, corporate patrons, financial agents and philanthropic supporters.

Commenting on the award, museum chairman Melanie Odell said: “We are thrilled to have received this support and are looking forward to strengthening our fundraising skills in order to safeguard Haslemere Museum for future generations”.

Haslemere Museum is one of the oldest independent museums in the country. It was founded in 1888 by Victorian surgeon Sir Jonathan Hutchinson and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2013.

Sir Jonathan described it as a ‘Museum FOR Haslemere NOT of Haslemere’ and unlike most town museums, he said its focus was wider than concentrating on local history.