The Museum is fortunate in having the support of the Friends of Weymouth Museum, a registered charity (no. 900003) formed in 1989, which meets in the Museum Resource Centre.
There are usually twelve speaker meetings (Teas and Talks) and other activities each year. Members also receive four newsletters during the year, which detail their events programme and dates and venues of meetings and outside visits. Articles by members on their researches, letters and queries are also published in the newsletter, along with reports on the activities of the Friends and details of forthcoming Museum events.
Many Friends are actively involved, as museum volunteers, in many facets of the museum’s work as well as organising a programme of talks and visits. These include assisting with creating displays and exhibits, and with mounting exhibitions and other projects, such as:
- The Local History and Information Unit
- Creating a photographic record of Weymouth’s buildings
- Cataloguing the Museum collection
- Making cabinets and other practical work
- Creating new displays
Fundraising is critical to the future of the museum, and the Friends have raised many thousands of pounds over the years to help purchase artefacts as well as equipment for the Resource Centre and Local History Unit. In November 2005 they were awarded a grant of £3,141 for a Museum computer network from Awards for All, South West. In 2009 the Friends purchased new chairs, a public address system, and four new televisions for audio-visual displays in the Museum. The Friends are also funding research into the meetings of the Board of Guardians.
Learn more about the Friends of Weymouth Musuem (FoWM)
If you would like to become more involved, why not join the Friends of Weymouth Museum? Details of how are on the Friends website. They will be happy to send you an application form.