Saturday, 3 December 2011

Lisa Delaney of Burwell is the lucky winner of our £50 prize draw. 
From left to right: Paul Hawes, Chairman of Burwell Museum Trust; John Waller, Trustee; Ann Verney, Treasurer and Trustee; Ann hands the cheque to Lisa Delaney; her daughter Jasmine; and partner Jamie Mason.

Lisa Delaney of Burwell is the lucky winner of our £50 prize draw. She and her partner Jamie Mason and daughter Jasmine, five, picked up the cheque outside Burwell Museum Mill on a sunny Saturday morning.

Lisa said: 'It's a great boost to win this £50 before Christmas! We all love coming to Burwell Museum. I often bring Jasmine for the children's craft days which she and her friends really enjoy.’ Lisa was one of many local people who filled in a questionnaire to tell us what they’d like to see happening at the Museum in the future. ‘We’d love more hands-on activities and interactives – and of course a cafĂ©!' she said.

'We are delighted that Lisa and her family are the lucky winners of our prize draw,’ said Paul Hawes, Chairman of Trustees. ‘We’ve had a very positive and interesting response from the questionnaire and hope to be able to put many of these ideas into operation so people can learn more about their local heritage.'

Burwell Museum Trust is currently in the development stage to secure a Heritage Lottery Grant of around £350,000 to restore the Mill to authentic working condition so it can be used as an educational resource for the village and visitors. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

HLF awards a development grant towards the restoration of Burwell’s historic windmill

Burwell Museum has been awarded a £13,400
 development grant and a first-round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund to
 conduct a project to repair and conserve the Grade II* listed Stevens’
 Windmill. This is a first step towards a larger grant from the HLF which would restore the windmill to its authentic condition using sails and wind power to drive the milling machinery, and refurbish the interior so the four-storey Mill can be open to the public.
Stevens' Mill around the 1920s-30s
Stevens' Mill - early 1900s
It’s exciting news, and we’re working hard to develop the plans to get a full grant from the HLF for the restoration works and to integrate the Mill into the Museum’s collections. Our aim is to develop the Museum into a regional educational resource that explores the story of rural life in a fen edge village for learners of all ages. Watch this space for updates…