The museum is committed to educating the general public and promoting the local history and traditions. It is also committed to protecting and preserving the artefacts for future generations.
The museum presents an insight into life underground in the genuine lead mine as well as on the surface in cottages depicting life in the 1750’s, 1850’s and 1910. The historic Miners’ Library was one of the earliest subscription libraries in the UK. Some of the books date back to the late 1600’s. Education centred around the Library reduced the ‘unruly’ behaviour of the miners.
It does not need to be said that 2020 has been a challenging year. The impact of COVID-19 has stopped us from opening our doors to the public through the whole 2020 season. The charity is entirely dependent on our visitors to earn money which is used to pay the seasonal staff and the
bills. Any small surplus is used for maintenance. We are humbled to have received a variety of government grants through 2020 to help to pay the bills and prevent insolvency. And so, the museum survives.
The downside is that because there were no visitors, we have not been able to employ our seasonal staff. The museum is one of a small number of employers in a recognised area of social deprivation and poverty and we usually pay about £85,000 in wages into the local economy.
So why are we fund raising?
2021 - At the moment nobody can be sure what the tourism industry will look like in 2021. We very much hope that public confidence to travel will return and we will see visitors back at the museum. We need to employ people to open the museum. These are guides, tearoom staff, administration and shop staff. If we open the museum with a full complement of staff, and the visitor numbers remain low, the financial future of the museum will, again, be in jeopardy.
The charity has opened this fund-raising exercise to try to manage this risk. Any money raised will support the museums ability to pay seasonal staff wages and remain open while visitor and public confidence returns. The charity will continue its important role supporting our local community by providing employment in an area of social deprivation and poverty.
Why is this important to us?
The museum is important for the history it represents. The staff make the museum experience as good as it is, and they represent the stoic miners of the past. The museum is lifeless without staff. If the museum does not earn money, we cannot support our local community by providing
This fundraising campaign will contribute to staff wages even if the number of visitors is low.
The museum attracts visitors to this remote area which has a direct benefit to the local business and tourism infrastructure.
Cause:- Any support given will directly benefit the local community.
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As a thank you for your contribution, we are providing a virtual tour of Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum
- Graham Kelly
- Amanda Crane
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