THE FIRST year of Broadway’s Ashmolean Museum has been described as a big success after thousands of visitors packed into the venue.
More than 10,000 visitors have flocked to the picturesque village’s museum, which honours the life and unique collections of 17th to 20th century artefacts of Elias Ashmole.
The museum, located at the Grade II listed Tudor House on the High Street, has rooms situated over three floors and displays a wide range of objects including furniture, paintings, textiles and much more.
Cash for the new attraction was secured by a £200,000 investment from Worcestershire County Council and another grant of £25,000 which came from European funding.
Remaining costs came through private donors and donations from several trusts supporting the museum.
Its enthusiastic volunteers will celebrate the museum’s first birthday during a private event on Monday (September 8) with the museum planning a public celebration in the near future.
The museum’s house manager Rachel Coltman, who replaced previous manager Victoria McGuiness last November, told the Observer she was very pleased with how its first year had gone.
“We are all thrilled with the way the first year has gone and are looking forward to more success in the future.” she said.
“During the first year we have had approximately 10,000 visitors and received such a great response from the community.
“I’ve found that a lot of people come here just because the museum is housed in such a wonderful 16th century building.
“We are hoping to house more exhibitions and more objects in the future so there is plenty more to be excited about.”
County Councillor for Broadway Liz Eyre also gave the museum the thumbs up.
“I’ve been very impressed to see visitors coming into the Ashmolean Museum – it’s proving to be an asset for Broadway which is it what we hoped for.” she added.
“It has certainly added to the mix and variety for which Broadway has to offer.”
For more information about the museum visit www.ashmoleanbroadway.org or follow the team on Twitter @AshmoleanBway.