Nantwich Museum volunteers and trustees are working hard to secure the venue’s future in tough financial times.

The independent Pillory Street facility has lost some of its traditional funding and is facing increasing costs.

But chairman of the trustees Robert Stones told an annual general meeting that its future remained bright with “many positives”.

He praised the support from members, volunteers and local organisations in making the museum more sustainable.

A grant from the Association of Independent Museums has enabled the shop to be developed, and money from education, talks, membership subscriptions and donations has been strong.

Business development manager Angela Graham was praised for her efforts during her six-month contract.

And Kate Dobson (pictured) has now moved from a temporary contract to a full-time post of community development manager, reflecting her broader role in running the museum.

Initiatives for the future include developing a balanced programme of temporary exhibitions appealing to a range of audiences, and a project to raise the museum’s profile and to raise sponsorship.

Mr Stones said: “There is great knowledge and talent among the 60 or so volunteers which the museum values, and will continue to need.

“It is an exciting time for the museum as the long-awaited report on the Kingsley Fields excavation has been published putting Nantwich on the map as a Roman town.

“Plans are now being made to enable artefacts from the dig to be exhibited and so add another chapter to the history of the town.”

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