We’ve just got our Wikipedia page up live and are hoping this will drive some more visitors to our exhibitions this year, this is something that we have been fighting for, for many years now. We have just had our page accepted by Wikipedia and it is now easily navigable by visiting the following link, check it out here. Also, the folding bike museum that we spoke about in our last post has agreed to publish an article about our museum too, so fingers crossed we see some good results from that moving forward!
Here at the Millom Folk Museum, we’re all about publicising articles about some other local museums and sharing the support out there. As many of you know from our last post, we’re currently struggling to keep our visitor numbers up to a high enough level to keep our museum running throughout the year. While we expect to see a large increase in the amount of people coming to Millom throughout the summer months, we’d like to increase it all year round by publicising ourselves online and hopefully driving a few more visitors. One thing that we’re doing to hopefully facilitate this growth is writing posts on here (the blog) for other museums and then hopefully getting some coverage back in return, we’ll see what happens though – I’m not too confident that this will work, but even if it doesn’t we’ll hopefully make a few friends along the way.
Our first post is designated to the National Cycle Museum, located in Wales. The actual full address of the Museum is as follows:
The Automobile Palace
Pows – Mid Wales
If you would like to contact anybody at the museum to make a booking reservation then their telephone number is 01597825531. Everybody at the museum that we have managed to speak to has been absolutely lovely. They have assured us that the majority of the time the museum is open between 10 in the morning and 4 in the evening. However if you would like to make a booking for later on in the evening or potentially even start your visit earlier on then they are usually more than willing to accommodate too. Days are usually fairly flexible for larger groups, although this ultimately depends on the availability of all the staff members. One other thing to bare in mind is that the museum can be particularly busy on school holidays and this generally varies somewhat throughout all the different seasons.
The National Cycling Museum is an independent charitable trust whose aim is to promote interest in all aspects of the bikes, or folding bikes history. They typically encourage a group visit, rather than single people – in addition it’s important to realise that any school visits will receive priority over and above the public at any of their UK events. Their website has an easily accessible online library that contains a wide range of historical data about both the museum and bicycles too. It is widely regarded as being on of the finest and leading bike museums in the world, quite shocking knowing that it is situated within the middle of Wales. They have an extremely large array of different exhibitions available to visit on any given day and their tour guides are exceptionally knowledgeable and are more than happy to answer any questions that anyone may have about the museum or cycling history too. Please let them know that we sent you here if you decide to visit the museum following reading this post, hopefully they will send some people our way to the Millom Folk Museum and our exceptional mines.
Today’s post is going to be based upon what we believe are all of the top museums in the country, or more specifically in London – where the majority of the best ones are. While we do love our dearest Millom Folk Museum, we are more than well aware that we are but a small fish in a rather large pond. The museums listed below are the largest and most well renowned museums in the entirety of the United Kingdom. Number one has to go to the British Museum, this internationally renowned museum is absolutely outstanding in almost every single way. It is actually one of the world’s oldest museums, it contains a vast array of different types of collections that can have you wondering around its many chambers for hours and hours on end. It is full of classic pieces and first time visitors are usually overwhelmed by the sheer amount of different exhibitions on offer, many simply do not have enough time to get around the whole place.One consideration that must be made when deciding whether or not to visit the museum is if the exhibitions that you want to visit are actually open to visit by the public on that particular day – sometimes large swathes of the museum will actually be closed and therefore it is crucial that you choose the day of your visit carefully. Some of the other popular pieces in this large museum is the Mummies, the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen, Sutton Ship Burial piece and of course the Lindow man too.
Number two has to go to the V&A museum, this museum is nowhere near of the same scale as the British Museum, however it has an incredible amount of world renowned pieces. The majority of work at the V&A museum is based upon the decorative art collections. Some examples of these include ceramic based sculptures, portraits and a wide range of photographic pieces too. These pieces are designed to highlight classic British culture and they have a particular interest of the 1501 to 1900’s range of dates, including the reign of Henry the 8th and the late Queen Victoria too.
Our final museum that makes the cut in our top 3 list is the Natural History Museum, another museum that is known all across the world as one of the finest. The museum is set within the Alfred Waterhouse buildings and they contain a momentous 70,000,000 different types of fossil, rock, mineral, plant and animal specimens – quite an extraordinary array too. They have a full scale skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a selection of other dinosaur species. This is certainly one for the young family, expect to be in contention with a large number of tourists at any of the exhibitions due to its central London location. However, don’t let this put you off at all, it’s definitely worth a visit – as with all the museums on this list, but as with anything popular, expect to deal with the masses of people visiting, no matter what day of the week.
We here at the millom folk museum welcome you to our newly developed blog and hope you enjoy your stay. Following our recent migration from our old website at the Millom Discovery Centre, we are now planning on integrating a forum with our websites to enable users of the site, residents of Millom and the general public to come together and chat. We have been working on developing our main building at the site here in Millom, while it is still far from being completed, we are hopefully anticipating its final completion date to be somewhere in July 2016.
Not quite close enough to get overly excited yet, but we’re almost getting there now! Following its completion we believe that we will be a lot more publicised and hopefully will see plenty more people visiting our site in the near future. Our museum now has a full scale version of an original drift mine and we also keep records of the locally renowned poet; Norman Nicholson. We are proud of our local heritage and are seeking to keep it prominent in the United Kingdom. It may be true that not many people have heard of Millom, the Millom Folk Museum or certainly ever been there – however, this does not deter us and we will continue to try to keep our name out there for all to see. In 2015 we had over 5000 visits to our lovely museum and we are all hoping that 2016 will bring many more new faces for us to meet.
I’m unsure whether or not this will actually be the case given the current levels of visitors – more on this point later from our founder Paul Smitherton – however it would be truly great if we could see this moving forward. We are situated in the beautiful countryside in Cumbria and have been based there for many years now, every year we generally put on a wide range of different events for our local and wider community. We are regularly going in to local schools to and presenting our history to young children and students alike.
There are a number of free events that we have planned in the next few months, please keep an eye out on our blog to check for the dates, we’ve not actually set anything just yet but will be doing so in the coming days and weeks. Hopefully this summer is a warm one because our visitor numbers typically shoot up when this is the case. Many local cycling clubs tend to visit us and stop in for a coffee with the team. If you would look to organise a group visit then just drop anybody here at the Millom Folk Museum a message and we will get back to you on available dates as soon as possible. Thank you for visiting our blog once again and we hope to see you returning here again very soon. Best wishes, Sarah Bent