We need your help even more right now When Avoncroft Museum closed its doors to the public ten days ago, we all wondered how long these extraordinary times would go on as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. The Covid-19 pandemic is a tragedy against which the uncertain future of one museum in Worcestershire seemed a small matter, however passionately we care about it. In the event, we have been bowled over by the messages of support from friends and supporters in the community who look forward to us reopening, as do we all. Thank you so much, your messages are really appreciated. Avoncroft Museum is not only a nationally important collection of historic buildings, it represents the collective memory of Midlands communities and our relationship with the built environment over time. In uncertain times, people need more than ever to cling onto that sense of shared identity, to believe in ourselves as a community and to care for each other. Obviously, we now have a problem. Well, two problems actually. First, we must cover our expenditure while we are closed. We have radically cut our costs but as Avoncroft Museum makes well over half its income from admissions and events, without that money, we are likely to be on shaky ground. Trustees and a small new team of core staff are currently trying to establish which of the Government streams of support are open to us, and what effect it will have on our budget. Second, our reserves will be severely depleted by the time we are able to re-open and so we will need a more major injection of funds before that point. We are applying for major grants as we speak. We can’t wait until we reopen and we look forward to seeing you all. If each person reading this contributed at least £5 each, right now, it would make a massive difference to the immediate problem. To donate online please go to our make a donation page To make a donation by cheque, please make it payable to Avoncroft Museum and send it to Avoncroft Museum, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 4JR If you’d like to talk to someone please email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you so much for your continued support. We are so fortunate to have you all as our friends. We hope that you and yours are well. We will keep you informed and hope to see you again soon.