Save Mr George's Museum of Time

by Diana Bell in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England

Our museum building is up for sale! Help us to buy the premises and continue to preserve the heritage of watch and clock repairers.

by Diana Bell in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England

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Why we need your help

Our museum is completely unique, there is nothing else like it anywhere in the country and is loved by all who visit. The craft of watch and clock repair is also dying and we are one of the last specialists in the area. We are not a charity and so are completely self-funded. 

Our landlord has put our premises up for sale. We cannot afford to buy it, but if we don't, then there is a huge risk that the new owners will not wish us to stay. Our premises is ideal for our museum with four large rooms for the museum, a gift shop area and a large downstairs area for the repair workshop. There is nothing else like the building in the area and so it is imperative that we buy the premises to save our museum and horology business and preserve this heritage craft for the future.


What we require

£90,000 to buy the premises

£10,000 administration fees

£10,000 to cover the crowdfunder fees/contingency fund for museum renovation- new flooring, painting etc.

 If you can help, however small, then please donate to our project!


More about us


Mr George's Museum of Time is a family run mechanical watch and clock museum, repairers and gift shop in Haltwhistle Northumberland. The business was started in 2012 by myself and my family.


The museum

The museum, which has free entry relies on visitor donations.


The museum is "geared up" for children with activities throughout and also houses our large (and ever growing) collection of over 400 watches, 300 clocks, tools and parts, some dating back as far as the early 18th century. We also have what is believed to be one of the biggest collections of watch dials in the country- around 900.

We aim to educate both adults and children alike in the heritage of watch and clock repairing, allowing adults to reminisce and teach children about real, mechanical time.


Watch and clock repairs

I am also a qualified watch and clock repairer and we make our income through this in our dedicated workshop in the museum building. As far as we know, I am the only specialist watch repairer in the area and our customers come from far and wide for their repairs.

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Gift shop

We also have a gift shop which sells Mr George merchandise, fairtrade and novelty gifts, antique restored clocks and watches plus much more.

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To find out more about how we came to open the business and more about my life, please watch the video below:

Please help us to save our business and preserve this dying craft for the future. Pledge your donation now!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

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A signed Mr George postcard

Pledge £5.50 and receive a signed Mr George postcard from Diana Bell featuring an illustration from the book series and a personal thank you message. Please note: You will only receive your reward if/when the project target is successfully met.

£11 or more

4 of 100 claimed

A signed Mr George postcard and a clock pin badge

Pledge £11 and receive a signed Mr George postcard from Diana Bell featuring an illustration from the book series and a personal thank you message and a vintage clock pin badge. Please note: You will only receive your reward if/when the project target is successfully met.

£20 or more

2 of 200 claimed

Mr George audio CD

Pledge £20 to receive a copy of the first or second Mr George audio CD. CD one: features the stories 'Off to The Towers' and 'Snowed In', plus the Mr George song. CD two: 'features the stories 'A Fishy Tale' and 'A Sticky Situation' plus the Mr George Song. All the stories are accompanied by Northumbrian music and are read by Michael Cuckson. Please note: You will only receive your reward if/when the project target is successfully met.

£50 or more

2 of 100 claimed

An invitation to an interactive talk at the museum

Pledge £50 to receive an invitation to an interactive talk at the museum by Diana Bell about her life and how she came to open the museum. Includes the chance to view the collection in person and handle some objects. Please note: You will only receive your reward if/when the project target is successfully met.

£100 or more

1 of 500 claimed

Clock vinyl sticker on our mural wall

Pledge £100 to have your name or a loved one's name added to a clock vinyl sticker on our new mural wall. Please note: You will only receive your reward if/when the project target is successfully met.

£575 or more

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Overhaul of a mantel clock or vintage wristwatch

Pledge £575 to receive a free overhaul of a mantel clock or a vintage wristwatch. This is only redeemable if the item is repairable (but we can let you know when you bring them in!) Repairs will be added onto the waiting list. You will also have your name or a loved one's name added to a clock vinyl sticker on our new mural wall. Please note: You will only receive your reward if/when the project target is successfully met.

£1,000 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Invitation to the re-launch party

Pledge £1000 to receive a personal invitation to the re-launch party of the museum upon the successful completion of the project. This will be held within the museum itself. You will also have your name or a loved one's name added to a clock vinyl sticker on our new mural wall. Please note: You will only receive your reward if/when the project target is successfully met.

£2,500 or more

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Re-launch party and watch batteries for a year

Pledge £2500 to receive a personal invitation to the re-launch party of the museum upon the successful completion of the project and free watch batteries (and fitting) for a year! You will also have your name or a loved one's name added to a clock vinyl sticker on our new mural wall. Please note: You will only receive your reward if/when the project target is successfully met.


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