MORE than 1,200 people have expressed their support for a Redditch Local History Museum – and donated nearly £7,000 to the cause.
It means trustees for the project are close to half of what they need to open the museum and run it for the first year.
Supporters also indicated that the town centre is their preferred location for the museum and the trustees are currently in negotiation with a site they believe is ideal.
In a statement they said: “The landlords are sympathetic to the project and have offered lease concessions for the first year.
“So, Covid restrictions permitting, we believe we could open the museum doors in the summer of 2021.”
To make the dream a reality a rallying call has been sent out for more volunteers to help create the museum displays and to staff the premises when open.
More funding is also needed.
“Even the smallest donations are very much appreciated so we can ensure we can keep the museum going after the first year and fulfil our three-year plan,” say trustees.
In the longer term, the plan is to seek support from Redditch Borough Council with the ultimate aim of uniting the Redditch Local History Museum, the proposed Redditch Cycle and Motorcycle Museum, the Friends of John Bonham group and more into a comprehensive and all-embracing heritage offering for Redditch.
It is estimated it will take £15,000 to establish, set up and run the museum for the first year. Similar amounts will be needed in subsequent years.
The project has also attracted its first business sponsor who has donated £3,000 to the venture.
To make a donation, cheques can be sent to Redditch Local History Museum, 26 Newton Close, Oakenshaw South, Redditch, B98 7YR or via online banking through www.donate.rlhm.uk
There is also a Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/ and type in rlhm in the search box.