Community money - invested by the community

Radstock Museum Displays Good Knowledge

This is a report from the Radstock Museum on how they spent the funding from our Dragons’ Den 2 event, and how the community benefited:


Following the success of the grant application for funding of display boards for its Lanes,

Boats and Trains Exhibition, Radstock Museum went ahead and printed the display

boards which tell the story of how transport in Radstock has developed over the years and

the effect of this on the layout of the town and hence the local community.



This picture of a small part of the Museum display below illustrates the part that the display

boards played in the Exhibition. In addition to the display boards there were cases

containing objects associated with the transport systems, some of which belonged to the

Museum and some of which were on loan for this Exhibition.

The Exhibition ran for 3 months from February to the beginning of May, during which time

it attracted a total of just over 1000 visitors, many from within a few miles of the Museum

but one of whom came from Australia (although we do not think specifically to visit the

Exhibition!). Quite a few visitors were young people who seemed to enjoy their time in the

Museum. Some comments extracted from the visitors’ book are contained in a pdf file

which has been sent separately.

The Exhibition has now finished but the display boards have been stored for future use,

both within the Museum and also for use by other organisations when appropriate to

illustrate how transport has developed in Radstock.




Within the Museum the main benefit of the grant has been that we have been able to

produce a much higher quality of presentation of the material that had been assembled for

the Exhibition and in a format which would be able to be kept and re-used. A higher quality

of presentation enhances the visitor experience and this has been reflected in very

positive comments in the visitors’ book during the period of the Exhibition. A further benefit

is that seeing their work so professionally displayed has greatly encouraged the volunteers

who spent hours working on researching and collating data from the Museum’s archives

and from other sources.

The benefit to the local community is that the 1000 or so people who visited, the majority

of whom were from within a few miles of Radstock, now have a much better understanding

of how Radstock transport infrastructure has developed over time and that they can

appreciate that such development is essential if a community is to thrive and prosper. In

addition, these people have also gained an insight into their local community’s history and

their local environment. They now appreciate what their local Museum offers and hopefully

will visit us again or perhaps will volunteer their time to assist in keeping this valuable

asset running successfully.