Poole Museum celebrates the launch of its new charity, the Poole Museum Foundation, on 3 April 2017.
Poole Museum Foundation has been established as a registered charity which is dedicated to the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage, or science by acquiring and maintaining objects and works of art for Poole Museum Service and supporting development of the museum's, buildings, collections and exhibitions.
The foundation will support Poole Museum Service through a variety of activities including fundraising and memberships.
To celebrate the launch, Poole Museum will be showcasing an exclusive exhibition of the civic treasures of Poole, many of which will be on display for the first time.
Treasures on display will include an early 17th century gilt mace, the Sheriff’s Key, and the Joliffe medal.
In common with other ancient boroughs, Borough of Poole has acquired a number of civic insignia objects, which are used during civic ceremonies. These objects are often associated with official charters, the granting of certain powers to the town, and with official, ancient roles such as the Mayor and the Sheriff.
Also included in the exhibit is a salver awarded at an early Poole Regatta, together with two famous sailing trophies including the recently saved Canford Cup, one of the oldest yachting cups in the world.
The exhibition is being opened by the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Xena Dion, at the launch event on Monday 3 April at Poole Museum.
Cllr Xena Dion, said: “Poole has many items of ‘civic’ regalia some of which has been tucked away and unseen for many years or only seen on occasions by a small number of people. Its been very rewarding seeing these items aired and now on display to the wider public for the first time and I really hope more people do come and visit the museum and see them.
Poole Museum Foundation’s Chair, Felicity Irwin DL, said: “Poole Museum is home to a wide array of objects and artefacts which hold a huge amount of meaning for Poole and its environs, and help us to remember and understand our diverse and long history. The Poole Museum Foundation will ensure that Poole Museum continues to acquire and look after these important artefacts for our future generations.”
Visitors will be able to view the display of civic treasures throughout 2017, for free, at Poole Museum.