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Supporters Application Form

The Workington Heritage Group is a voluntary group working to preserve the heritage of Workington for future generations and the group believes the Helena Thompson Museum is fundamental to our town. Your support keeps the museum’s doors open, helps preserve the museum’s specimens and provides opportunities for children and adults of all ages to explore and enjoy our museum and gardens.

Improvements and upgrades to the building and gardens have been many and varied over the last few years and are still ongoing with the help of various grants and fundraising. In the past few years we have obtained grants to upgrade The Costume Gallery, The Curwen Room and The Education Zone. More recently we have been able to utilise sponsorship donations to install a new serving area with modern worktops and cupboards to facilitate our many and varied functions including weddings.

Recently we have developed The Research Facility, supported by the Town Council. With the help of volunteers, information held in the museum has been catalogued and included in a cross referenced database. This will allow the people of the town of carry out research into the local industrial heritage using the information we hold.

The Helena Thompson is much more than a museum and we provide a valuable community service. We aim to be as self- sustainable as possible and in order to achieve this we hold many affordable functions including christenings and naming ceremonies, weddings and funeral teas and other celebrations. Various local groups attend the museum and enjoy a ‘talk, tour and tea’. We also regularly organise free children’s fun days, usually in the school holidays, as well as providing a meeting place for many local groups in the area.

In order to continue we require funding which we try and raise through various avenues, including grants, sponsorship and individual supporter donations.

To become a “Supporter” we ask you to pay a minimum donation of £12 per annum.

We appreciate you taking the time to consider supporting the Helena Thompson Museum for future generations and appreciate any assistance to help ensure the work of the group continues. Please see the attached form for payment details.

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