Eunice Clement

Eunice Clement - grey haired woman sitting in garden, wearing pink cardigan and brown skirt.

We are sad to report that Eunice Clement died on 1st May 2020 aged 91. She leaves three daughters, Catherine, Sorrell and Louise.
The cause of death was Covid-19 pneumonia and she died in hospital. The funeral was led by Roger Baker of Ifield Quaker Meeting on 26th May. (If you wish to make a donation in Eunice’s memory, you can do so at https://crawleymuseums.org/shop/museum-donation/)

Eunice and her husband Ken were staunch members and volunteers at Ifield Mill and Goff’s Park Museum. Eunice lived to visit the new museum at the Tree in Crawley High Street. The visit was the culmination of forty five years of her service towards the development of a museum for Crawley.

Eunice’s husband Kenneth was a member of the team that Ted Henbery gathered to restore Ifield Watermill from 1974 onwards. Ken died a few years ago. His engineering skills were invaluable in the rebuilding of machinery for the workings of the mill. Ken’s hobby was in making musical stringed instruments, especially violins.

Eunice joined the museum committee soon after it was formed in the late 1970s and continued serving for many years, at one time as the museum society secretary. Her knowledge of history and recent local history was invaluable. She wrote and contributed to several booklets, to be sold at the mill and museum. Her leadership in running courses held at Goffs Park on various historical subjects were well attended and very much appreciated.

Eunice was a valued volunteer at Ifield Watermill and Goff’s Park Museum, helping as a guide and serving in the visitors’ shop.

Eunice and her husband Ken’s contributions in the restoration and development of Crawley’s Museum have been invaluable and should never be forgotten. Long may their services and dedication to the museums over 45 years be forever remembered.

(by Nick Sexton)

Can you help us improve our museum?

Empty dispaly cabinet, with sign taht says "Is the museum missing items from your community? If you'd like to donate something please ask to speak to the curator."

We are aware of the fact that the content of our museum displays and the demographic of our trustees, staff and volunteers do not fully reflect the experience of people who live in Crawley. For example, most of the people in our photograph collection are white.

We must do better!

If you’d like to talk with us about how we can change things, would like to get involved in the running of the museum, or have anything related to Crawley that you’d like to donate for us to display in our permanent galleries, then please get in touch?

“My message to you”

Thumbs Up World are a wonderful organisation. They designed our children’s guide books, and also sit on our community panel.

They’ve asked us to share the following message:

““My message to you”..creating a community message of hope. Please do share this we can get as many messages as possible ?.

We are creating a combined “our message to all”.

Adults, children and teenagers are writing their reassuring message / letter to someone important to them (sibling, friend, child, parent, grandparent etc) about what’s happening now and why & how it will be ok & anything else they want to say to them. And we are going to put them all together (anonymous) and create a combined message to use in various ways which can help others. And the message you or your child / teenager write is also something you / your child can keep to share as they want. It would be amazing to have a range of messages to others and for us to create a community message of hope during these times.

We have seen such lovely messages so far and we want to keep them coming.

Please email me at thumbsupworld2016@gmail.com with your / your children’s letter or message or if you have any questions.

Nobody’s details or information will be shared unless you ask for it to be and please don’t put any very personal information in the letter or message. Thank you so much ?”

https://thumbsupworlduk.org/

Contemporary Collecting and Covid 19

Crawley Museum shut its doors to the public in March this year due to Covid-19. The staff have been working behind the scenes, creating new website and exhibition content.

We particularly like sharing memories of Crawley from local residents and would love to hear from anyone who would like their memories to feature on our  website or in the museum.

We’ve also been looking at our collections. We know that they don’t fully reflect the diversity of Crawley’s  communities and want to change this. If you have anything you’d like to donate to the museum to help give a fuller picture of life in Crawley please contact Holly, our curator, for a chat.

We’re hoping to be able to open to the public again in the next few months. It won’t be until August at the earliest.  Shortly after opening we will be seeking people’s memories, photographs and objects to help create a  collection about life in Crawley during lockdown. So do please hang onto anything that you think may be of interest.

Stay safe and we hope to see you soon!

Crawley’s Collections Revealed

Display cabinet with teddy bear, milk bottle, cruet set, trophy and toy robot, with handwritten labels.

In 2019 Crawley Museum was awarded a grant from Arts Council England for a new project – Crawley’s Collections Revealed.
This 18 month project runs from November 2019 until April 2021.
It has been doing two main things:

1 Going through our collections to identify things that are not relevant to the history of Crawley. We will offer them to other museums. This will make room for more objects which reflect the history of Crawley and its communities.

2 Working with members of the community to select items from our collections that are not currently on display. Project participants have been creating their own text labels. The items are being exhibited in a project display cabinet. There will also be an exhibition about the project in 2021. Members of the community will help to create this.

Because the museum is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19 we are posting images of the objects online. We are inviting people to create labels by commenting. We will then use these comments to create a display.

We are looking forward to being able to run more face to face sessions at a later date!

Crawley’s Collections Revealed – label an object! (1)

Crawley’s Collections Revealed – label an object! (2)

Crawley’s Collections Revealed – label an object! (3)

Crawley’s Collections Revealed – label an object! (4)

Crawley’s Collections Revealed – label an object! (5)

Crawley’s Collections Revealed – label an object! (1)

As part of our Crawley’s Collections Revealed project (funded by Arts Council England), we’re meant to be running face to face sessions with people, looking at objects and writing labels.

Obviously we can’t do the face to face bit right now, but we can still show you objects and ask you to tell us what you’d put on a label.

It can be something factual, something the object makes you think of or remember, or even a drawing or poem. It’s up to you.

This week’s object is a milk bottle. Apparently R.G. Law was known as ‘The Midnight Milkman’ because of his erratic delivery times!

Let us know in the comments what you’d put on a label for this object?

Milk bottle

(The writing on the bottle reads: “This bottle and milk is the property of R.G. Law, 16 Brighton Road, Crawley. Stolen if delivered by another dairyman.”)

Crawley’s Collections Revealed

It’s Playtime At Crawley Museum

Teddy Bear in doll's cot

On October 30th Crawley Museum will be opening their latest exhibition, and for it to be a success they need everybody’s help.

To make it work the museum is asking everybody who can to come along and share their memories of the toys they loved as children. If you still have that old teddy, a doll, or train that made you happy when you were small, Crawley Museum would dearly love to be able to borrow it for the duration of the exhibition.

The exhibition itself includes display boards, video, and toys which you can touch and play with. But what it’s really all about is your own memories of dolls, bears, Meccano, Hornby and Airfix.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the toys which you remember, they’d still love to hear your stories of the way you used to play, or indeed the way you still play today.

If you have an abiding memory of a much loved toy, or you have a toy which you are prepared to lend to Crawley Museum for other people to see and enjoy, then please get in touch. If you are in a position to make a loan of your cherished toy, don’t worry! The toys which you provide won’t be among those which will be used in the toy box and played with by other visitors, instead your loans will be carefully put in a cabinet where they can be seen, but not touched.

For more details on how you can get involved with the Toys exhibition, what it involves, times and dates simply ask at the museum reception, call 01293 539088, or send an email to office@crawleymuseums.org

Make Your Own Factory 2019

Photograph of children's craft activity with factory buildinh made out of cardboard boxes, model people, a tree covered in sequins and some plastic dinosaurs.
Children’s Activity

Are you looking for something to do this summer?
Why not come to our Learning Space and add to our factory?

Open Wednesday to Saturday 10.30-4.
Sunday 2-4.30

Runs until 1st September 2019

The activity is free but if you’re able to make a donation that would be lovely.

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01293 539088
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