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Florence Nightingale Play

The life of Florence Nightingale will be celebrated at a special performance in St Marys Church Hall, Fordingbridge on 21st May 2022 at 7.30 pm.  The one-woman show will be performed by the acclaimed local writer, performer and musician, Louise Jordan. She will use original song and storytelling to connect Florence’s work in the 19th century with many issues we continue to face today. Tickets cost £15 and include a light supper and an informal Quiz. The audience is invited to bring their own bottle. Tickets are available from Fordingbridge Bookshop, Fordingbridge Museum or www.ticketsource.co.uk.

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Posted on 02 May 2022

Jubilee Appeal

Fordingbridge Museum is appealing to the public for items or memories of royal Jubilees in Fordingbridge for a new exhibition to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June this year.

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Posted on 10 Mar 2022

Godshill Pottery Free Event

The surprise discovery of a journal kept by a member of a unique local bohemian community involved in pottery, wood carving, ventriloquism and spiritualism will be the subject of a free talk by Sonia Green at the AGM of Friends of Fordingbridge Museum at 2.30 pm on Thursday 17th February at Avonway Community Centre, Fordingbridge.

 

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Posted on 08 Feb 2022

Museum Shuts for the Winter Season

Fordingbridge Museum will be closed for the winter season from Friday 29th October 2021 to Easter 2022. Museum volunteers will work over this period to refine the displays and collection of artefacts.  If you would like to volunteer to help in this process please ring 01425 657 850 or 01425 654322.

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Posted on 28 Oct 2021

Old traditions brought to life.

Fordingbridge residents are in for a treat when they are invited to bring a picnic to watch a demonstration of a working pair of heavy horses in idyllic surroundings. The event organised by Fordingbridge Museum and the son of one of the founders of the museum, David Shering, will take place in a field behind St Mary’s Church on Saturday 25th September.

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Posted on 19 Sep 2021

Museum Opens After Covid

After a long period of closure because of Covid, Fordingbridge Museum is reopening on Monday 26th July 2021. Because of a shortage of volunteers it will initially be open from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm for 4 days a week from Monday to Thursday inclusive.

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Posted on 18 Jul 2021

Museum opening

Fordingbridge Museum will not be open until 17th May 2021 at the earliest because of government restrictions. Museum staff are working hard to make the museum Covid secure. Please watch this space for more details.

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Posted on 01 Apr 2021

Museum closed but bright new future planned

~~Fordingbridge Museum staff have decided that it will remain closed until April 2021 because of the Covid Pandemic. Museum Chairman Chris Ansell said, “The management team have consulted with our volunteers and looked carefully at Government regulations and reluctantly decided that it is not feasible to open this year. We are very disappointed that we will not be open to welcome visitors this summer.  The museum is proud of being one of the major attractions in Fordingbridge with thousands of visitors and locals coming to explore the heritage of the area each year. This August marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of Fordingbridge museum so we are determined to open with a major relaunch in April next year.” 

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Posted on 02 Aug 2020

Museum Shuts Until Further Notice

~~Fordingbridge Museum will not open on 3rd April this year as planned because of Coronavirus. ~~ If people want to help us through this difficult time by becoming a Friend of the Museum they can do so at a cost of £7.50 a year by ringing 01425 657850 or 01425 654322.

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Posted on 31 Mar 2020

Appeal for VE Day Material

~~Fordingbridge Museum is appealing for people who have memories of, or items relating to, Victory in Europe Day celebrations in Fordingbridge and the surrounding area.

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Posted on 09 Mar 2020

Museum Appeals for Information.

~~Fordingbridge Museum is appealing for anyone who has information or artefacts relating to the Neave family to contact them. The family lived in the town for generations and were important employers as well as being pillars of Fordingbridge society, acting as magistrates and playing a leading role in local events and institutions.

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Posted on 30 Jul 2019

Museum Appeals for Information.

~~Fordingbridge Museum is appealing for anyone who has information or artefacts relating to the Neave family to contact them. The family lived in the town for generations and were important employers as well as being pillars of Fordingbridge society, acting as magistrates and playing a leading role in local events and institutions.

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Posted on 30 Jul 2019

Mystery Staff at Museum

~~A ceremonial staff that was found 28 years ago on a rubbish tip has been donated to Fordingbridge Museum. Managers at the museum are appealing to the public to see if anyone knows what it is and how it was used.

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Posted on 30 Jul 2019

Friends of Fordingbridge Museum Barbeque.

~~The Mayor of Fordingbridge, Paul Anstey, attended a barbeque run by the Friends of Fordingbridge Museum last Saturday (6th July).  It was held in the beautiful riverside garden belonging to Anne Pye and was a poignant occasion because Ann’s husband John, who was for many years a supporter of the Museum, died recently.
Museum manager, Jane Ireland, said, “John worked tirelessly for the museum and would have been tickled pink to think that The Friends had held their barbeque in his garden and pleased that the Mayor had shown his support by attending the event. The museum relies entirely on donations from the public and is staffed by volunteers.  If anyone would like to support this local attraction either by stewarding, by working behind the scenes or by being a Friend of the Museum they can contact me on 01425 654322.”     

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Posted on 30 Jul 2019

Museum Touch Screen

~~Co Op customers in Fordingbridge have financed the introduction of two state of the art touch screens for Fordingbridge Museum through their helping the community fund. They are designed to help people enjoy the contents of the museum if they are too infirm to climb the stairs and also to provide visitors with extra information on the exhibits.

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Posted on 30 May 2019

Museum Opens for the Summer

~~Fordingbridge Museum reopens its door for the summer season on Tuesday April 9th after a winter of frantic activity.  Volunteers have been beavering away dismantling some exhibits, assembling others, cleaning, cataloguing and planning.

We have new exhibits for you to look at and some new technology for you to play with.  We also plan a special event to coincide with the exhibition on Augustus John at Salisbury Museum.

Watch this space for  more information!

 

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Posted on 14 Mar 2019

Free talk on Alfred the Great’s war against the Danes

~~There will be a free talk on Alfred the Great’s war against the Danes at the Friends of Fordingbridge Museum’s Annual General Meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday 12th February. The meeting will be held at Avonway Community Centre in Fordingbridge and will start at 2.30pm and include a short interval where tea and coffee will be served.

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Posted on 04 Feb 2019

Museum Take Over

~~Twenty eight year six pupils from Western Downland School took over Fordingbridge Museum. The pupils took on a variety of roles such as meeting and greeting visitors, running the shop and talking to the public about the exhibits.

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Posted on 29 Nov 2018

No Petticoats Here
Fordingbridge Museum brings the town “No Petticoats Here”, an acclaimed show telling the incredible stories of women in WW1. Renowned international artist Louise Jordan will be performing her inspirational work at St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30 pm on 24th November 2018. Tickets to this rich visual and auditory experience are on sale for £13 at The Fordingbridge Bookshop and include a light supper. The audience is invited to bring their own wine.
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Posted on 15 Nov 2018

Rememberance Weekend
~~Visit the Every Man of Fordingbridge Remembered exhibition at the Town Hall on November 9th, 10th and 11th from 10am till 5pm. The exhibition, which tells the stories of the local men who lost their lives during the First World War, is the culmination of four years of research by local volunteers. Researchers will be on hand to help anyone who wants to find out about their relatives.
 
Remember to also visit the WW1 display in the Museum. The Museum is currently open (11am – 4pm) and will be open on Sunday 11th (12 noon till 4pm) before closing for the winter season.
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Posted on 07 Nov 2018

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