Chard And District Museum Society
Registered Charity Number 1190620
Thank you to all our amazing supporters!
Any donation is gratefully received by the Museum and helps us keep the history of Chard and
its district alive for future generations to enjoy. Our online donations are handled by PayPal.
Chard Museum is committed to ‘uncovering yesterday’s heritage, history and hidden stories’ and sharing our collection with visitors through a range of exhibitions, school programmes, community events and lifelong learning opportunities. As a community museum, run entirely by volunteers we rely on the generosity of our supporters and members to ensure that we can continue to meet our Mission.
Here are some examples of how the museum might use your donations:
£1 buys a bag to pack a small object (artefact)
£1 buys chalk for our Victorian classroom
£12 - £15 is the price of an acid free box for archiving artefacts
£24 buys a roll of jiffy foam to protect artefacts
£50 – £100 produces an interpretation panel(s) for a pop-up Museum or exhibit
£500 provides an environmentally friendly display cabinet
£500 - £1000 builds a History-in-a-Box for use by schools to deliver National Curriculum units or support Memory cafés
£ 2000 pays for a temporary exhibition
In the past 10 months the Museum has received donations that are being used for specific projects. Examples of these include:
From CineChard - £500 - This was used in our work with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, to provide a 3D tour telling the story of James Gillingham, the godfather of prosthetics, and linking his work to the modern Paralympic Games. Resources have been produced to support local history and Gillingham in the medicine unit in the National Curriculum.
From a local individual - £200 - This was used in partnership with the Chard Carnival Committee to produce a video, telling the story of the annual Chard Carnival and launching a more in-depth collection sharing the history and development of the local carnival.
From Milford & Dormer Solicitors - £200 - This is being used to support the annual Christmas Tree Festival in 2021.
and our on-going campaign to fund the archiving and sharing of the Roger Carter Collection was started by his family who donated contributions made at Roger’s funeral in December 2020.
Each donation we receive is truly appreciated and makes a real difference to the work that we do. They provide much needed support for conservation work, exhibitions, learning as well as the museum’s operating costs. This in turn will enable visitors, school pupils and the local community to engage with their heritage.
Donations are always very welcome. We can take donations securely online in a way which allows the museum to claim the tax paid on your donation, however large or small, through Gift Aid.