Today’s post is going to be a personal blog entry from our original founder Paul Smitherton. Paul has lived in Millom for many years and has been a constant presence in the museum since its original inception. He has spent many years looking for ways to improve our facilities. Anyway, without any further ado, here is Paul:

Hello there and thank you for visiting the Millom Folk Museum. You’re probably all looking for A little information about myself and are wondering why I’m posting here today. Essentially, I’m keen to develop our online presence with the intention of getting a few more people down to visit our wonderful attraction. I’ve looked into developing relationships with large media outlets and hopefully getting some exposure there, however this is far more difficult than meets the eye. Generally they are looking for some form of investment before they will even consider helping us out. Unfortunately it appears to be the same for many similar companies as us – it’s difficult to get the companies name out there and so I suppose we’re back to the drawing board again. Hopefully in the near future we will be able to find some sort of collaboration that works for both parties, but this is far easier said than done. If anybody reading this would like to contribute then please do not hesitate to get into contact with us, the more the merrier – it would be absolutely awesome if we could get published either on an online resource or in a paper or magazine too.

In all of my years of running the museum, I haven’t ever seen it struggle to draw in a big enough audience to keep the running costs up. However, since the recession we have seen a definite dip in people visiting our wonderful location and unfortunately this trend does not seem to be ending any time soon. We’re hoping that the summer will change things, as it usually does, but as it stands we’re currently experiencing the lowest number of visitors ever and without some exterior help it is looking more and more likely that we will have to shutdown, temporarily or permanently.

One thing that I have been considering recently is visiting events and trying to stump up some support for us there, I’m not entirely sure where the best place for this would be. However I’m all ears for any suggestions on this front, it would be good to get in to contact with some other museum founders and potentially figure out how they manage to make some additional money in this situation. One last time, if anybody out there has a desire to help out the Millom Folk Museum, please do not hesitate to get into contact with myself or anybody at the Museum, we will be extremely grateful for your support moving forward.

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