Museum is boxing clever with grant cash

Bloxham Museum has some new polypopylene boxes grant aided by The National Lottery. From the left, Peter Barwell, registrar, Clive Walker and Robert Aplin, trustees. NNL-151003-121649009

Exhibits at Bloxham Village Museum will now have the protection they deserve thanks to a £9,900 Heritage Lottery grant.

Around 5,000 items at the museum have been stored in cardboard boxes, but they are becoming worn after 12 years of use.

The grant has been spent on 126 polypropylene boxes, which should give the exhibits more protection. A stacker has also been bought to allow staff to access boxes on higher shelves.

Peter Barwell, registrar at the museum, pictured far left with trustees Clive Walker and Robert Aplin, said: “We had to fill in a lot of forms to tell them why we wanted the money, then it went before a panel. They voted in favour and said it was a good worthy cause and it was going to make a difference.”

The cardboard boxes will be donated to the Tolsey Museum in Burford. The museum will be sending leaflets to homes in the OX15 postcode about the grant money and to encourage people to pay a visit.

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