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Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket receives £35,000 grant from national charity Art Fund



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A popular Stowmarket museum has found its silver lining during the pandemic while being handed the extra boost of a £35,000 grant from a national art charity.

The Museum of East Anglian Life, an independent educational charity which houses a collection of 40,000 objects and boasts a 75-acre estate, was given the injection through the Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine programme.

The grant will fund bringing in new staff who will help the museum in its recent push towards becoming the Food Museum.

Abbots Hall, Museum of East Anglian Life
Abbots Hall, Museum of East Anglian Life

The museum has thrived in recent months after being forced to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic - 170 online volunteers from across the globe took part in its ‘Search for the Stars’ project to help digitise the museum’s collection.

To push the project forward, the museum has brought in a new audience development officer, Sally Dix, who will be working to deliver a consultation programme on the museum's collection which will span across the next few years.

Sally is also setting up online workshops to get different people's views on which direction to take the museum moving forward.

The museum boasts 75-acres worth of land
The museum boasts 75-acres worth of land

Sally said: "It’s such an exciting time to be working here, as we are moving forward to becoming the Food Museum.

"I’m really enjoying using my new role to talk to as many people as possible and engage with new and existing audiences.

"We have already started online workshops with various groups, who have been sharing their ideas and opinions about the future direction of the museum.

"The concept of food is so broad and we hope that by having these conversations, we will be able to develop a collection, displays and event programme that are representative of diverse perspectives and voices.

The museum has had to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic
The museum has had to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic

"If anyone is interested in taking part, please do get in touch.

Sally also gave a 'huge' thank you to the Art Fund for the grant money.

If you would be interested in working on the consultation process, contact Sally on: sally.dix@eastanglianlife.org.uk

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