Mildenhall Museum volunteer Joe Moore, sheds some light on the activity of its workforce during lockdown…
Like all other Museums in Suffolk, we are currently closed and our view is we are unlikely to re-open fully before September. Many of our volunteers are aged 70+, and therefore cannot venture out very much at the moment. However, the Trustees are keeping in touch via e-mail and telephone.
We do have a “virtual tour” of the Museum, which we set up about five years ago, and we are issuing a Newsletter to our volunteers from time to time to keep them in touch.
As soon as we can get back into the building, we have a couple of small exhibitions to set up, and will try for maximum local publicity to tell everyone we are open again.
Lockdown has not stopped the research enquiries coming in, however. One asked for details of the location of Prize Fights in Mildenhall in the mid-19th. Century -which was news to us! Another recent enquiry concerned an Australian whose father had (apparently) been in the Royal Flying Corps in 1919, and stationed at Mildenhall. We weren’t aware of any aircraft activity here until the early 1930s. It just goes to show you never stop learning…….”