Breaking Down the Barriers

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Breaking Down the Barriers

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Project by Tonia Collett

We did it
On 22nd May 2020 we successfully raised £520 with 16 supporters in 41 days

Our doors are closed, but our projects go on! Help save our Breaking Down the Barriers project so future generations can access Tudor House.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Tudor House Museum was undergoing an exciting new phase in its history with conservation work, new displays and research into its history. To supplement this, we wanted to create a virtual tour for those who can't physically access our building. With a bit of luck and a drop of support from our community, we still can...

"Impressive that it was free and runs on donations. Huge thanks to the volunteers who make that possible!"

The How

Using the latest filming techniques and supporting tech, we will create a virtual tour around the building with a narrated (and subtitled) tour, collection hotspots, story corners and tales from former residents. This fund will enable us to buy in a respected filmmaker to create the tour, and the iPads to show it on. 

The Why

Stairs, steps and sloping floors all make the building a challenge to navigate and Listed building regulations mean we can't just pop a lift in the corner. BUT! Thanks to the wonders of technology, we can create an alternative visit, making the museum accessible to more people, enabling them and their families to enjoy a grand visit in safety and comfort.

The Who

Tudor House Museum is run by the charity, Worcester Heritage & Amenity Trust. The Trust formed in 2003 in response to the closure of the Museum of Local Life. Concerned that the building would be lost to the public, they took it on and reopened in May 2004 as Tudor House Museum with little more than a kettle and some VERY dedicated volunteers. Since then its gone from strength to strength, winning awards, being nominated for national prizes, bringing in over 20,000 visitors a year. 

The Museum focuses on the history of the house, from its Tudor weaving origins, via former inhabitants, through its use as a school clinic, ARP Warden station and Cadbury coffee house. Social history and community is at the heart of the museum and everything we do. 

"We really enjoyed the Tudor House. It felt like walking into a place that could have been taken down a long time ago, but had survived...It felt like being face to face with a 1000 year old legendary creature."

The What

Funds that would have been available prior to the Covid-19 pandemic are no longer free as we use our reserves to keep the building ready to reopen. So this is where we need your help! Can you donate to our Breaking Down the Barriers project? Help us help more people experience this wonderful building and carry on the work started over 15 years ago!

What your donations will do:

£250 will pay for 2 costumed actors for 1 morning

£350 will pay for a days filming and editing

£300 pays for another day of editing to add the subtitles

£700 buys 2 iPads to show the film on

£400 buys the additional resources to support the virtual tour, including handling items, such as replica traditional Tudor toys and household equipment, and producing short written guides. 

We are truly grateful for any donation, no matter what the size as we bring this "1000 year old legendary creature" into the 21st Century, especially during such testing times. The support of our friends and community is hugely important to us and the whole team thanks you!

 

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

As a reward, you will receive a year's Friends membership to the Museum which entitles you to a discount on purchases in the coffee shop and some ticketed events, and an invitation to our annual Supporters Evening in the summer.

£25 or more

£25 Donation

As a reward, you will receive an exclusive Tudor House mug and magnet, plus a year's Friends membership to the Museum which entitles you to a discount on purchases in the coffee shop and some ticketed events, and an invitation to our annual Supporters Evening in the summer.

£50 or more

£50 Donation

As a reward, you will one of our limited edition Tudor House tea cosies! Plus an exclusive Tudor House mug and magnet, and receive a year's Friends membership to the Museum which entitles you to a discount on purchases in the coffee shop and some ticketed events, and an invitation to our annual Supporters Evening in the summer.

£100 or more

£100 Sponsor

Wow, what can we say but a HUGE thank you! If you donate £100 to our cause, your name will be added to our Sponsors board in the Coffee Shop. You'll also received a lifetime Friends membership which entitles you to a discount on purchases in the coffee shop and some ticketed events, and an invitation to our annual Supporters Evening in the summer. And finally, a limited edition Tudor House tea cosy, plus exclusive mug and magnet.

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