Well we had our Trustees meeting with officials of Liverpool Museum on Monday and a positive meeting it was (my blog of 14th November refers). I am sure we can reach a partnership agreement with the Museum to work with the Maghull based Trust.
Our challenges are to build up our collection of Hornby artifacts and to develop educational opportunities around the work of the Trust to satisfy the Heritage Lottery Fund to whom we are looking for some financial help. The odd thing about a collection is that we trustees are sceptical of the need to have a significant one as we can easily source items for display from collectors or indeed Liverpool Museum. We thought we had proved that case by the success of the 3 hugely popular public exhibitions in Maghull Town Hall that we put on in 2007, 2008 and 2009. However, Heritage Lottery say they want us to have and to hold a collection of significance. These two differing views will need to reconciled as we move forward. What we want to collect are the things that the collectors and museums do not hold but I am sure we will resolve this issue.
The really good news is that the new waterfront Museum of Liverpool which is due to open next year wants to partner with us. They will obviously have some exhibits about Hornby and his famous Liverpool factory on display but what they have offered to do is to signpost folks visiting their new museum to Maghull to see our dedicated facility. This is excellent news and it fits well with discussions that I have been having around Phil Redmond’s Cultural Collective Table about the whole City Region needing to benefit from people visiting Liverpool.