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St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery launches 'Reaching Further' campaign

5 March 2020

St Barbe has today announced the launch of its ambitious Reaching Further campaign, with the twin aims of providing new services to parts of the local community who currently have little or no contact with heritage and the arts, while at the same time reaching out to the whole community to raise the funds necessary to replace grants previously received from both central and local Government.

As part of the Reaching Further project, St Barbe is developing innovative work with children under 5, school groups, teenagers with autism, people with dementia and socially isolated older people. In the next few months they will start a community Access Panel, a group that includes a range of disabled people to help improve their access and engagement. A Young Curators Panel is also being developed to help look at the museum collections with fresh eyes and develop services for young people.

Fundraising is vital to the Reaching Further project ensuring that the museum can continue the high level of services  currently provided while, at the same time, launching the new range of community initiatives that enable the museum to take its services to current visitors and the whole community. There are many ways people can help with fundraising and sponsorship to replace the lost government funding:

  • The ‘Inspire Fund’ a simple and inexpensive option, that allows people to help St Barbe with regular small payments on a monthly basis.
  • Become a Friend of St Barbe
  • Sponsorship opportunities for business, or individuals
  • Leaving a gift in your will

Speaking at the launch of the Reaching Further campaign, St Barbe Director Maria Ragan said:

“St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, which is a registered charity, is a vital part of the cultural life in the region. We have ambitious plans to ‘Reach Further’ with a range of community outreach projects to bring these services and new initiatives to the wider community.

As an independently run museum, St Barbe values the freedom that this brings, whilst appreciating the support we have received from local and national Government that allowed us to build the fantastic new museum building, which is such a major asset for the town and the wider region.”

 Museum Chair John de Trafford added:

We are proud to have so many St Barbe Friends, Patrons and Business Partners and we really value what they contribute to St Barbe. However, the big reduction in funding from local and national government that we have experienced since the new building opened, is putting all this at risk unless the local community can be encouraged to step in to help support St Barbe for future generations.

We hope that the wider community will recognise the excellent work that St Barbe does for the town and will support this vital fundraising effort.”

For full details of how you can help please visit or email with any questions.

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery launches 'Reaching Further' campaign

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