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A Note From The Chairman

Dec 01 2015 News >> Latest News

Ian BurdonAnother Season has passed by and here we are, well on our way to the Christmas gathering on 8th December at 12.30 at the Museum.
 
Activity amongst the Friends and the Committee continues apace. Ed Dinning and his group of volunteers are doing sterling work running the engines in the Science Maze for the entertainment of visitors and the Arcs and Sparks displays and exhibits continue to fascinate the parties of visitors who come to see them. Once again, thanks to Ed and his team for their hard work.

The Friends Committee continues to meet each month at the Museum and all Friends and potential Friends are welcome to attend.

Activities under current discussion at the moment by the Committee include a project to re-invigorate parts of the Science Maze and the establishment of a technical resource library at the Museum – space permitting!
 
We now have a Visits Secretary and intend to inaugurate a programme of visits to regional attractions which are related to the interests of Members. We are also currently working on a project to establish a dedicated website for Friends of Discovery and improve our ‘outreach’ to those out there in the wider world who might like to learn more about our activities and projects. My thanks go to Tony Stephenson for his efforts in this regard. We currently are looking for a new Treasurer to assist John Chaney in his work. John has held this role for more years than I care to remember and my thanks go to him for undertaking this important role so diligently.

I hope you enjoy reading about these and other activities of the Friends of Discovery and I look forward to welcoming you at one of our future meetings.

Ian Burdon
Chairman, Friends of Discovery Museum

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