AN historic Uttoxeter cottage commemorating the town’s rich history is celebrating its second birthday while submitting a bid for funding.
The team of volunteers and trustees at Redfern’s Cottage: Museum of Uttoxeter Life has announced they have submitted their bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for just under half a million pounds ahead of the anniversary celebrations.
If successful the bid will fund the overhaul of the Carter Street museum and help conserve the building and collection for future generations.
The submission of the bid is timed to coincide with the celebration of two years with the Uttoxeter Heritage Trust at the helm.
Volunteer and chairman Dave Parkes (pictured) said: “We are incredibly proud that we are still here after two years as it has been an uphill struggle to improve our services and keep bringing people through the doors on a shoestring budget.” The bid has taken six months intensive work by honorary curator Laura Wigg- Bailey who has previously worked on several large scale HLF projects in the course of her career in heritage.
It has been developed with input from town and borough councillors and council officers as well as trustees, trust members, museum volunteers, school staff and local business people.
The birthday celebrations took place at the museum on Saturday where visitors were able to enjoy craft and food stalls, tea and homemade cakes, music and costumed characters and children took part in a Father’s Day card making workshop as well as an historic games Olympics.
Trustee and volunteer Carol Bain said: “We aim to hold as many special events as possible so that the town can share in this beautiful building and all the positive work which is going on here thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers.”
The theme of the birthday party was celebrating the achievements of the volunteers as the submission of the HLF bid represents a culmination of two years worth of hard work to balance the books and move forward towards creating a tourist attraction and heritage asset the whole town can be proud of.