Over the last few years, the Smithy has undergone a number of building improvements. We were awarded over £8,000 from Arts Council England and Museum Development North West to improve the building so that we can better care for and protect our collection. We now have new double-glazed windows which are also covered with UV film, and a CCTV system, and new handmade outer doors.
As you know, the Smithy is free to visit, but whenever we hold an event where we charge for tickets, refreshments, or our 50p family-friendly activities, all profits go into a ringfenced pot to look after the building and collection. To apply for the grant money we needed a proportion of match-funding, so we just wanted to let you know that we couldn’t have done it without you!
Every raffle ticket, cup of tea, slice of cake and pint of Real Ale that you buy helps us to achieve our dream of making the Smithy the best it can be and keep it going for many years to come.
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