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Guildford Museum is inviting people to share their memories of life in the borough for a project called Your Stories, Your Museum.
Memories sought include topics such as the growing up and schooldays, the war years, leisure, royal and other events, how Guildford has changed and its personalities.

Drop-in events are taking place where people can chat to staff, volunteers and contribute to the project.

They are:
• Wednesday, August 16, 10am to 4pm – The Friary Centre, Guildford
• Monday, August 28, 1pm to 5pm – Normandy Village Fete – Normandy Manor Fruit Farm
• Saturday, September 9, Heritage Open Days – Guildford Castle Grounds

The council-run museum says that the memories people share will help shape the future of the future of the museum and tell the story of the borough through its future exhibitions.

Cllr Nelson-Smith, lead councillor for social welfare, heritage and the arts said: “We will be hosting more events with the local community over the coming year as we develop our project to identify the big Guildford stories that we want to tell. We will also be trying out new ways to display objects and asking people to help us test what works best – keep an eye on our website for more details of how to get involved soon.”
The Your Stories, Your Museum project is funded by Arts Council England. The council says that it forms part of the museum’s plans to transform the existing site and create a lively community museum for the 21st century.
For more information visit www.guildford.gov.uk/yourstories

Above Taken from Guildford Dragon 9th August 2017

Your Stories, Your Museum - funded by Arts Council England

Through 'Your Stories, Your Museum' project we want to get more local people involved in planning for the future, to help choose the Guildford stories that Guildford Museum will explore in new displays, activities, events, and to hear from anyone interested in becoming a volunteer.



The Project

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England (ACE), from its Museum Resilience Fund, for our "Your Stories, Your Museum" (YSYM) project. This will enable us to build our relationships with the town, the borough and to work with our local community to develop offers that meet local needs and interests.

This project is complementary to the Museum and Castle architectural scheme in helping us create a lively community museum for the 21st century in our redeveloped site.

Your Stories, Your Museum is a major community engagement project that will get more local people involved with the life, work and future of Guildford Museum.

We will be hosting different events and exhibitions, within the museum and out in the community, working with local people to identify the big Guildford stories and use these to explore in new displays, and try out different ways of telling those stories so that they appeal to a range of visitors. Informing what we do, why, and how we are doing it is a vital part of this project.


Gathering memories and storiesAs part of the project we are now gathering memories and stories relating to Guildford's past and present. We hope as many people as possible will give us their answers to the following key questions:What makes Guildford Guildford? A good talking point!What's your strongest memory of life in Guildford?What's the biggest Guildford story that's happened in your lifetime?Please send us your answers to these questions or drop by the museum and add these to our Your Stories corner.YSYM eventsWe will be at events in Guildford and the surrounding areas, talking to residents and visitors. Check our Guildford Museum page, or social media for more information about the project, what we are up to and for a list of events that we will be joining.  You can also share your stories and memories with of us during these events.

Come and say hello to us at:

Heritage Open Days, Saturday 9 September, 11am to 4pm, Guildford Castle Grounds.

As part of YSYM, we want to hear memories and stories of Guildford from local people and town visitors.

What's the biggest Guildford story that's happened in your lifetime? Come along to Guildford Castle grounds and share it with us.

Student Union Market, Thursday 19 October, 11am to 2pm, University of Surrey, Stag Hill.

YSYM team is heading up the Stag Hill to University of Surrey Student's Union Campus to be part of their Market Day in October!

It will be so interesting to know what students and staff have to say about  - What makes Guildford, Guildford?

The Village, Wednesday 25 October, 10am to 4pm, Guildford Town Centre

What we've done so far

Check out our previous events.

Volunteering opportunitiesWe will develop more opportunities for local people to work with us in providing services, by developing our band of volunteers. Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer. We'd love to hear from you.

These roles are mostly based at Guildford Museum, they are:YSYM Events Volunteer -  attending community events with Your Stories, Your Museum project, talking to general public, gathering feedback, setting up stalls. 

YSYM Activities Volunteer - assisting in preparing and delivering children's/family activities, such as crafts (both drop-in and pre-booked) during school holidays and on Saturdays. These may have a craft, science, history or other theme.

Preparing workshops for adults, assisting in creating appropriate resources and helping with setting up workshops and clearing up afterwards

.YSYM Visitor Engagement Volunteer - helping with consulting / talking to visitors, making visitors welcome, gathering feedback, looking after the resources available around the museum; those can relate to trails or interactive exhibits.

If you are interested in being a part of our team, and for more information, please call us on 01483 444751, or email HeritageServices@guildford.gov.uk or write to Guildford Heritage Services, Guildford Museum, Castle Arch, Guildford, GU1 3SX

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