VISITORS to Emsworth Museum can look forward to two exciting new additions to the collection thanks to generous donations.
Following the conclusion of the Emsworth Art Trail earlier this year, local artist Carol Millard has donated her portrait of English author PG Wodehouse to the museum.
PG Wodehouse lived in Emsworth from 1904-1914 and Emsworth Museum contains the only permanent public exhibition in the UK illustrating his life and work.
Ms Millard’s picture is now displayed in the special area in the museum reserved for the PG Wodehouse story.
Dr Margaret Rogers, who is looking after the PG Wodehouse area, said: ‘It’s a lovely addition to the museum and came about through the very generous donation of Carol Millard.’
For many years the museum’s collection of maps and plans have been rolled up and kept in a metal box in a store room.
But now a new wooden plan chest has been bought, visitors can select a map or plan and spread it out on the large flat wooden chest top and look at the collection for the first time. Earlier this year the committee applied for a grant under the Havant Borough Council, HCC and Community First Approved by You scheme and received £262, which was subsequently topped up to £600 from other sources.
Dr Rogers added: ‘We’ve been looking for a plan chest for a very long time.
‘We’ve got lots of plans which haven’t been available to the public and now they are, thanks to the generosity of Havant Borough Council.’
There was a special evening to thank Ms Millard for her generous gift and also to show Havant Borough Council’s Nicki Conyard the plan chest and to thank her for her part in receipt of the grant.
Emsworth Museum is open until November 1 on Saturdays from 10.30am-4.30pm and on Sundays from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Admission is free.
Everyone is welcome and a stairlift is available.
For more information about Emsworth Museum visit emsworthmuseum.org.uk.