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Hilary Williams and The Ditching Museum

Today I went to meet an old friend, Hilary Williams. Hilary is the Head Curator of the wonderful Ditchling Museum. Some time before, I had told her of my plans to open a museum and knowing of her intimate knowledge of the doings of a small museum, I thought I might be able to glean much needed information. Hilary proved to be a positive font of knowledge. I came away with a far more solid notion of the things I would have to have in place for funding applications and the like. She mentioned that one of the most important aspects of a project like this, is to spread the word. How best to do that we wondered? "Why don't you buy an old caravan and using your design skills, turn it into a travelling museum." We thought about it and the idea so tickled me I thought, why not? I needed to find a home for the museum, gather items for the collection and set up a mailing list, so what better way of doing it than to travel the length and breadth of the country to raise awareness of the project. I could target Folk Festivals where there would be large gatherings of like minded souls and on the way, try to take in various events and traditions along the way. And so it moved on....

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