Museum joy at funding boost
WADEBRIDGE and District Museum has received a boost after being chosen as a beneficiary of the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) Community Fund.
Members of the museum committee were presented with a £250 cheque last week; the museum is set to reopen soon after closing in 2010 for redevelopment.
Peter Tuthill, president of the committee, said he was "delighted" to have secured the cash injection from the fund, which was set up to redistribute some of the benefits of local renewable energy projects back into the local community.
"This funding comes at an exciting time for the museum, which is due to reopen at the end of September," he said.
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"Wadebridge has a distinctive and colourful history which we hope to share through the museum.
"We have many remarkable exhibits, including details of Wadebridge's history of cutting-edge technology and of its own local power companies."
The museum is taking part in a major exhibition in Wadebridge Town Hall from tomorrow until SaturdaySeptember 19-21, which is designed to cause a discussion about whether lessons can be learnt from the past and if equivalent innovation may be the way forward to future prosperity.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the museum, WREN and the town's chamber of commerce.
At 7pm on Friday there will be an open discussion at the town hall, with a panel of speakers including Mr Tuthill; vice-chancellor of Falmouth University, Professor Anne Carlisle; Cornwall Council portfolio holder for the economy, Julian German; and Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit. WREN director Caroline New, who has also been involved in preparing the event, said: "This should be a fascinating evening, so make sure you come along, see what you think of the exhibition, and have your say."