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Christmas good wishes and a huge thank you

Victorian Christmas cardWell, we’ve taken our tree down, after a fun five week run of Victorian Christmas with school children - phew! 

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?!  Despite this, 2011 has been a fantastic year for The Judge’s Lodging in what has been going on.   Three recent happenings here that we have not had a chance to tell everyone are:

We’ve just got another award!  The inaugural National Hudson’s Heritage Awards has rated us one of top two best historic buildings in the country for education, family and community work!  More here

The January 2012 edition of fashionable architectural and design publication The World of Interiors has a wonderful 12-page article on us, with absolutely stunning photograph by Alex Ramsay. More here

…and if you missed the story in the Daily Mail recently, we discovered we have a bit of Downton Abbey link!  More here

2012 is already shaping up to be an exciting year, with the opening in the Spring of our new Presteigne interactive exhibition, chill-out space and activities. This will be followed hotly by a new temporary exihibion area, launching with a sporting theme for the Olympics, followed by an Autumn closer look at Presteigne people through the objects that they leave.  Also running in the Summer will be our own tribute to the genius of Charles Dickens – we thinkthat by now there can't be many people left who have not been made aware that it is his 200th birthday coming up and we want to celebrate by using our collections to highllight the themes of his greatest works.  There will be events and activities around all of these things and we promise we’ll keep you posted.

Other highlights from our year, if you want to catch up have been:

Getting the Sandford Awards for Heritage Education for the second time and going down to the Houses of Parliament to receive it in February.  More here

The incredible sight of 100 Welsh Guards arriving at the building for the Freedom of Powys Ceremony in May.

The Installation of the High Sherriff of Powys –always a fabulous event and we get to have Judges here again too!

A few TV appearances on S4C and BBC

Chilling Edgar Allan Poe nights  - so scary that some people fainted!

Rather an eventful year! 


Kind regards

Gaby Rivers, Curator



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