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Christmas good wishes and a big thank you

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who supports us here at the museum. Thank you to all the wonderful accommodation providers throughout Powys, Herefordshire, Shropshire and beyond who send people our way, or come in to see us themselves; thank you to all the hard-working (and increasingly rare) Tourist Information Centre staff; thank you to all the other attractions in the area and to all you lovely people who pop in, bring your friends or help spread the word about us. We are so terribly grateful - we would not be here without you.

We hope you have all had a good year, despite the economic difficulties. It certainly is a challenge for us all isn't it?! We were saddened at the beginning of the year by the loss of our well-loved museum cat, but thanks to generous local people and visitors, we were able to have a most fitting Victorian style headstone made for him.  It's been up and down here since, as I'm sure it has for all of you, but we've had some definite highlights in the filming and a huge Victorian buffet that we staged in the summer. 

We are looking forward to a new set of challenges in 2011, as we prepare ourselves (all funding applications willing) to transform  two exhibition rooms into an exciting new area about Presteigne, a chill-out space, new kids activities and a temporary exhibition gallery, where we will start preparing a very varied programme of exhibitions and events. Christmas Tree 2010

We wish great things for you in 2011.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

With our warmet regards

Gaby, Curator and all the staff

P.S. If you've started to feel like you just can't stand Christmas any longer, we'd like you to spare a thought for us having to put our Christmas tree up and decorate the museum in October! Why? Well, the filming took place for the seasonal special of the S4C series on Victorian living that has been going on here throughout the year.  Click here if you want to read a bit more about it.







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    The Victorian actress Sarah Bernhardt used to sleep in a coffin because she said it helped her to understand the tragic roles she had to play.


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