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Museum Friends annual dinner

Almost 80 of the friends of the Warrington Museum of Freemasonry held their annual dinner to mark the first anniversary of the museum being opened. The meeting was held at the Warrington Masonic hall. Barry Jameson, chairman of the trustees introduced himself and welcomed everyone to the event.

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Barry Jameson opening the meeting.

He continued by providing a brief history and update on progress made. Barry included the gaining of the charity status and changes to the business plan being major achievements within the year. He continued by thanking friends for their support over the last 12 months and hoped they would continue in the future. At this point Barry handed over to Vic Charlesworth the museum’s curator who explained the programme for the evening.

Robert Timmis offered grace. A delicious country style hot pot supper followed which arrived in rather large bowls, with one per table being allocated which was more than enough for all. This was accompanied by copious amounts of crusty bread, red cabbage and beetroot. The final course was three flavour ice cream or fresh fruit salad accompanied by tea or coffee.

Vic introduced Susan Snell, Archivist and Records Manager at The Library and Museum of Freemasonry Great Queen Street, London. Susan provided a very interesting and stimulating talk entitled ‘Preserving Your Memories’.

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Susan Snell presenting her talk.

Susan cleverly guided the talk focussing on a slide presentation and was able to provide many examples of professional archiving techniques whilst demonstrating how these principles could be adopted in domestic and club type environments.

A raffle was conducted which generated £184 towards museum funds.

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Friends and visitors thoroughly enjoying their hot pot.

Vic brought the evening to a close by thanking Susan for her very valuable talk saying it has provided areas for improvement in our archive conservation procedures and provided a path to improving practices used by the museum.

He concluded by thanking everyone for their attendance and support.