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Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross Recovery Grant

Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross is delighted to receive funding to help it reach an online audience.  

Mayor of Ludlow, Councillor Tim Gill, said, ‘The Town Council were pleased to support the idea of making the museum accessible online. The initiative builds on the recent successful launch of the town council’s updated website, which had only basic information about the museum, and it was felt that much more can be done to reflect the excellent in-person museum experience.’

Unfortunately, access into the actual museum on the first floor of the Buttercross is via a narrow stair case.  There is a lift, but sadly it is still not possible to meet the Covid-19 secure standards required to keep everyone safe.   Whilst disappointed, staff at the Buttercross were not disheartened, and their application to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust resulted in grant of £5,420 awarded on behalf of Arts Council England and the Art Fund to support Digital Audience Engagement. 

There are three stages to the Digital Audience Engagement project.  The first is a programme of six virtual talks.  The short programme of talks will build on this success of a trial event was held in September.   

In the second stage, look out for Impy Tales!   Impy is the taxidermy dog that inhabits a case in the museum, and has inspired a series of stories about times gone by in Ludlow.   The illustrated tales with be released quarterly. 

The third stage is the creation of an animated timeline on the town council’s website www.ludlow.gov.uk to show Ludlow from the creation of the geology 400 million years ago, local fossils, the pre-historic period, and medieval Ludlow right up to WWI.  

October 23rd 2020

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