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New ambassadors for historic museum

By Kelly Wickham


Renowned actor Christopher Timothy and writer Greg Moss are pledging their support to a museum in the district by becoming ambassadors.


Reflecting on his own experiences at Weald and Downland Living Museum, acclaimed writer and supporter of the arts, Greg Mosse said: “Special places create an environment that inspires us.


When we have space and time to think – that is where really useful thoughts occur.


“Curating such an environment is an extraordinary skill.


“Half a century of determination and persistence, sometimes against the odds, is a triumph. I am proud and grateful to celebrate 50 years of the exceptional Weald and Downland Living


Christopher Timothy, who is best known for his roles in All Creatures Great and Small, Doctors and EastEnders, said he and his wife, Annie, were big fans of the museum.


“We have been big fans of the museum for many years. It gets better and better, whether you are eight months, eight years or 80. It’s perfect,” he said.


Christopher, Annie and Greg lend their support to the museum alongside existing ambassadors Hugh Bonneville, Dr Jonathan Foyle, Ruth Goodman, Professor Simon Thurley and Dr Anna Keay.
museum director Simon Wardell added: “We are delighted to welcome Christopher Timothy and Greg Mosse to our growing team.


“We are so grateful to all our ambassadors who recognise what a special place we have here, and for dedicating time and support to help champion the work we do at the museum.”


This year marks 50 years since the museum first opened its doors and it is celebrating with an ambitious fundraising campaign.


Funds raised through the Golden Future Campaign will allow the museum to make vital improvements to ensure its longevity and safeguard its mission to preserve and restore important historical buildings.


Planned developments include upgrades to access and public facilities.


There are also plans to dismantle, conserve and rebuild the iconic Titchfield Market Hall as well as longer-term strategies to build the foundation for a sustainable financial future through a museum endowment and a 50 Fund for the ongoing conservation and preservation needs of the museum’s collection of buildings.


To mark the anniversary year, there are various events planned, including a special celebration in September, when it will be 50 years since the museum officially opened to the public.


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