Friends of Athelstan Museum (FOAM)
Right from the word go we had four main objectives; to enjoy ourselves; to learn more of history and especially local history; to publicise and support the museum and to raise funds to buy things for the collection. This we did by our own efforts and by finding grants – a lot easier process in those days!
The range of objects was enormous, like a drawing of the Market Cross here in Malmesbury by Tom Girton who was a contemporary and friend of J M W Turner. They toured the country together as young men drawing what they found, apparently not only famous buildings and not always soberly. Like the brass dog collar; like the Flying Monk pub sign; like the meat dish; like oh do come and see for yourselves.
Latterly things have become more serious. We now run the Athelstan Museum and own and look after the collection. We are responsible for funding this, plus rates, plus heat and light, plus a hundred and one other items which is why there are so many appeals for funds on the site!
Sharon Nolan - Chairman
Ruth Ritchie- Treasurer
Angela Sykes - Recording Secretary
Roger Griffin - Publicity and Public Relations
Caroline Allington - Collection Conservator
Janet Casselden - Education and Learning
Catherine Doody - Hospitality
Bridget Robison - Volunteers
Dave Heiland - IT
Sue Winlow- Membership
Sophie Scruton - Funding
Maria Marsh - Collections and Exhibitions
Heritage lottery funding meant champagne all round. Now all we need is £10,000 a year for all our running costs