Venue: 16/17 Floor 1, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh
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The Minutes of the meeting held on 5 July 2016 were agreed as a correct record.
Cerian Trevan, Curator of Eastleigh Museum advised that it had been a successful summer with strong visitor numbers, especially in August and September, with a variety of events and exhibitions taking place. During this period the Our Town exhibition finished and was followed by the Big Theme exhibition over the summer holidays which proved popular with families; adults enjoyed the information, developed specifically for Eastleigh, and the children used the various different activities available.
There had also been a number of evening events including a two part talk on the history of Eastleigh’s railways and a film showing as part of Eastleigh Film Week.
Following on from the training received from Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Conservation Technician Ian Moody the volunteers had continued to clean and provide housekeeping support for the collections at Eastleigh, improving the conditions and ensuring better conservation. The Hampshire Hidden Treasures case had also been swapped from a display of animals to a display of ceramics.
One Community continued to have their regular stall in the market which promoted their activities and those of the museum encouraging visitors and advertising events.
Visitor numbers continued to perform well at Eastleigh over the summer months, July was slightly below last year, but this improved with better figures than last year in August, and similar figures to last year in September. There were several exhibition themes including the following:
Our Town – Historic Photographs of Eastleigh (11 June to 23 July)
This exhibition drew on the extensive photographic archive held by the Hampshire Cultural Trust. Forty images were selected and for interpretation by Eastleigh Museum volunteer, Daniel Malloy. They depicted images of Eastleigh Town Centre and around the Borough over the last 100 years.
Royal Blood - Heads and Tails Exhibition (30 July to 26 September)
The Big Theme for 2016 was ‘Royal Blood’. Visitors were able to explore the past 2000 years of English Royalty through objects, interactives and a ‘Royal Bloop’ horrible history style trail for families. The show included royal tales of resolution and revolution, dignity and despair. There was a special focus on the Victorian era and the reign of Queen Victoria for Eastleigh visitors.
supporting HCT staff to deliver peg doll making craft activities.
Film Night (27 Sept) One Community event
At the end of September a film showing was organised as part of the week long Eastleigh Film Festival. The chosen film was, appropriately, ‘Night at the Museum’, this was shown in the temporary exhibition space which was between exhibitions meaning the walls could act as projector screens with over 30 people arriving to watch it.
Peter Green – Celebrating 60 years of service (29 Sept – 26 Nov)
The final exhibition to be installed right at the end of the period was ‘Peter Green’. To celebrate their diamond anniversary this local firm had developed an exhibition exploring their 60 years in business and the connections between the firm and its founder Peter Green and the town. The display included storyboards, photographs, artwork, and memorabilia from all six decades plus some comfy display furniture to relax and enjoy the exhibition on.
The Hampshire’s Hidden Treasures case was updated by the curators in September with the exhibition of spring animals being replaced with a ceramic toilet set.
The team continued to respond to requests from members of the public for copies of photographs of Eastleigh. Local history photographs from the collections were also proving very popular on Facebook. The ‘Hampshire in old photographs’ page, which was set up a year ago, now had over 4,000 followers looking at the photographs every day, with ... view the full minutes text for item 2.
Consideration was given to the Financial Report and Revenue Budget 2015/16. Members were advised that there was nothing to add to the report and there had been no changes to the report since the last meeting.
It was AGREED that the report be noted.
Date and Venue of Next Meeting
The following dates were given for the Meetings taking place in 2017:
14 February 2017 - 11:30 am – 16/17 First Floor, Eastleigh House;
11 July 2017 – 10:30 am – Bursledon Windmill;
14 November 2017 – 11:30 am – 16/17 First Floor, Eastleigh House.