If you have visited Avoncroft over the last few weeks you may have noticed the new signs that have appeared all over the site. These were designed by Georgiana Baxter at 3Line Design and manufactured by Hanman Split who are based in Gloucestershire. These new signs are just one of the projects that are currently being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Rediscovering the Magic project.

At the end of February, Midland Conservation Ltd will be on site carrying out some much needed conservation work on some of our buildings including work to The String of Horses, Plas Cadwgan and the Chain Shop. This work will complement the hard work of our maintenance team in ensuring our buildings are well cared for a presentable.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is also paying for some new panels to interpret our buildings and research work is well underway with the help of lots of our volunteers. Ruth Proctor and Joyce Rutter from our Archives Team have been hard at work as well as some newer volunteers; Racheal Bickley, Rianne Ward, Emily Poulter and  Mari Allen. Our thanks go to all of them for their thorough research and the brilliant stories that they have uncovered.

The next HLF project to be tackled will be a new introductory exhibition for the ALC building which we hope will give visitors a clearer picture of where we came from as a museum and why we are still here. The HLF have made a major financial contribution but the successful outcome of these projects is also largely due to the hard work and commitment of the volunteers teams who give up their free time to work here.