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.
This is just a fraction of a collection of 1960s and 70s matchboxes that we are planning to display. It is interesting that such ephemeral disposable items have survived, although the boxes are empty. They range from individual match company … Continue reading →
These are two examples of a large collection of textile costume dolls from the mid 20th century, due to be loaned from The Atkinson, Southport for our Objects of Desire exhibition. Dolls in national dress were popular tourist collectables throughout … Continue reading →