Animating Worcestershire Museums

This project enabled visitors to see participating museums come alive with trained, costumed staff and volunteers, allowing the venues to communicate their collections and stories in an engaging and exciting way. We also wanted visitors to understand more about the history and construction of the clothing they see, so volunteers and staff were supported to develop their knowledge of the costumes they wear.

We would like to thank The Arts Council and The Marches Network for funding this project.

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The 2014 school summer holidays at Avoncroft Museum saw costumed interpreters in each of our key domestic buildings: The Town house, the Tollhouse and the Prefab. In each of these buildings the volunteers and professional interpreters were dressed in period appropriate costume and able to share activities, such as; cooking, washing and other domestic chores with over 6,600 visitors who came to the Museum. They were able to see how people would have lived in the buildings and discover first-hand what life was like in days gone by.

This project has also enabled the Museum to provide a number of training sessions for the staff and volunteers of museums in Worcestershire to improve the visitor experience, as well as creating a new website portal for volunteer recruitment. Visit for more information about volunteering opportunities at participating museums.

The project was completed at the end of March 2015.


Delivered in partnership with The Commandery and Hartlebury Castle, Worcester; The Carpet Museum, Kidderminster; The Transport Museum, Wythall; The Tudor House, Worcester and The Marches Network.