How Friends Have Helped
The Maidstone Museums’ Foundation (MMF) aims to support Maidstone Museum in a number of ways. As such, we have helped provide funding for a number of projects. Below, you can see a selection of the artefacts and/or projects that the Friends’ efforts have funded to make a difference in Maidstone over the past few years.
New collection boxes – 2016
Two new collection boxes for were funded for locating in the museums to encourage visitor donations at a cost of £1,700. They are colourful and fun to appeal to adults and children alike. It is made clear that money goes to the Maidstone Museums’ Foundation charity, which in turn supports the museums.
Digitisation of museum’s floor plan – 2015
The Maidstone Museum floor plan (ground and first floor) has been updated and reproduced. First, to reflect greater accuracy for movement; second, to ‘digitise’ the work to make it able to be used for computers, tablets, and phones. The Friends funded the design element of the project at a cost of £1,000.
Arrival of a Convoy of Wounded Soldiers at Maidstone Station – 2015
Full restoration of this large oil painting from 1916 by the local artist, Frank Hyde. The Friends funded this exercise at the cost of £3,216. It sits permanently in the museum and will feature prominently in the WWI exhibition ‘Coming Home’ from September 2016 to January 2017.
Stands for Oriental Vases – 2015
The impressive vases stand in the window of the museum’s Glass Room can be see even by walkers in adjacent Brenchley Gardens. The Friends funded safety stands for these two vases at a cost of £984.
Education – 2013
Payment of grants attracted £12,500 for the purpose of funding education salary costs.
Hirado exhibition – 2013
Contribution of £950 towards the ‘Treasures from Hirado’ exhibition.
Audio-visual equipment – 2012
This equipment was essential for schools’ visits to the museum – two kiosks and 19-inch touchscreens with stereo facility, plus software. The Friends met the £7,000 cost.
Japanese manuscripts – 2012
These valuable artefacts were repurchased, having previously been stolen from the museum. Friends met the £600 cost.
Museum’s East Wing extension – 2011
This renovation extended the area for displays, storage, and meetings, together with improved climatic conditions – important for the borrowing of artefacts. The Friends contributed £194,106 through grant receipts.
Display cabinets – 2011
The museum had an opportunity to acquire good second-hand display cabinets from the Victoria & Albert Museum. The Friends met the cost of £3,600.
Napoléon’s Chair – 2010
This chair, owned by Napoléon Bonaparte during his time on the island of St Helena, needed restoration work. The Friends met the £580 cost.
Speed Atlas – 2008
This atlas of the British Isles, undertaken by John Speed, dates from the 17th century. It needed restoration and the Friends met the £750 cost.
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