Museum Now Open! Heritage Lottery Project Update.

25th May, 2021 by East Somerset Railway

Inside the ESR museum
Elaine Lavender

It’s some six months since we gave the last update and despite a couple of lockdowns ESR staff and volunteers have (safely) managed to progress the refit of the museum in readiness for its reopening on 21st May.  Lisa has been leading on many aspects of the museum design, and the station team led by Derek and Lynne have put an enormous amount of time and effort in completely refreshing the interior making full use of the existing period features.  The fully restored waiting room and booking office captures the atmosphere of the pre-Beeching closure period and the museum room has been completely upgraded to provide interest to a wide range of visitors. Come along and see the attention to detail in what could now almost be described as a film set!

In addition, Elaine Green has devised a soundscape for the waiting room where you can hear re-enacted conversations between passengers and the booking office from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s prefaced by music from that period.  Thanks go to the amateur dramatic actors from Evercreech for the voices and Phil Wilson for audio extracts from his railway videos.  This soundscape not only provides a little light entertainment for visitors but, along with the period refurbishment is designed to evoke memories for people living with dementia.  Our last major milestone in the lottery project will be to run events for people living with dementia which we hope to be doing as the COVID restriction ease later this year and into 2022.  Thanks must go to the National Lottery Players who have funded the project which has transformed Cranmore Station in recent years.

We are also delighted to announce that Mandy Shepherd, David Shepherd’s daughter, has agreed to come on 30th June to officially open the museum.  Like her father, Mandy is a wildlife artist but has also developed her career taking on commissions  for military art in places such as Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, so do come and meet her if you can.

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