Captain Bond Cutting the Tape to Open the Museum
Re-opening of the Looe Old Guildhall Museum & Goal On the 1st April the Museum opened its doors for a new season with a flourish of good news and achievements. To mark the opening for the new season the puppet based on Captain Thomas Bond sliced through the ribbon with his sword. Captain Bond was a famous son of Looe and Commander of the East Looe Volunteer Corps, The Diehards, established to defend the town during the Napoleonic wars 1798 – 1810 Their motto was ‘Never Say Die’
Mayor, Armand Toms (pictured with Museum staff) said how pleased he was with the success of the museum and what a credit the 19 volunteer staff were, and its success was down to their fantastic effort.
The museum has a fascinating collection of artefacts which give an insight into the Town’s history over the ages. Entry fee has been held at £2.00 per adult with children under 18 free entry.
Petra Stephenson, Manager of the Museum volunteer group, said how pleased she and her fellow volunteers are in their success and being able to tell stories from Looe and involving the whole community.
Petra said ‘The museum’s share of a recent £700k grant (£135,000) we won will be used to towards an immersion reality project in conjunction with Falmouth University - we look forward to being able to use the Reality possibilities in the Museum to enhance our artefacts and stories of Looe’.
Last year the Museum attracted approximately 5,000 visitors and over 1,000 children.
The museum will remain open until mid-November. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 11.00am to 4.00pm. Weekend opening is 11.00am to 1.30pm, longer if there are sufficient volunteers.
Further details on the Museum are available on our website www.eastlooetowntrust.co.uk
3rd April 2019