Edith Smith exhibition – bringing the community together

By Amanda Schonhut

October 2019

A fundraisers work is never done! Yet more networking this month but it is always a pleasure to do because I meet so many fantastic people that are always willing to help the Museum along the way. We were delighted to have attend Grantham Business Club and for the opportunity to share our exciting news about Edith’s Growing Exhibition ‘Coffer Pot’. Everyone of course knew of the fabulous donation we received after being on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Scott Daltons Show, I shall be ‘dining out’ on this for the rest of the year! 

We are so close to my target now we can finally start planning the exhibition, this makes me even more determined to smash it! A challenge is not a challenge for me unless I do even better than the goal I set myself… thanks to the amazing generosity of our Town I am well on my way and in less time than I imagined!  Thank you to you all!

November 2019

So we are back to lovely moments!

One of the most important things about this project was to make it about the Community, spanning all generations but to be particularly engaging to the young. I remember when David and I first talked about it, I said I wanted a child to look at our exhibition and say ‘’I want to do that, I want to be her’’. In the Museum that goal started with Margaret Thatcher so why can we not do the same with Edith. We all agreed.   Imagine then my delight to discover that one of our Local Primary Schools got in touch to tell us they too were doing a project on Edith!  Little Gonerby – Year 1 children – Amber Class came to see us and what fun we all had with a special talk just for them from our local expert on Edith – Courtney Finn.      

The children are well underway preparing their own exhibition to share with their school and I am very excited to see the end results in the coming weeks!

Our own journey, the response we have had and the support we get to being this project to life has been such a pleasure, it really does bring people together. I am delighted that part of that support has come from Lincolnshire Police and in particular from Assistant Chief Constable Kerrin Wilson. Having that ‘behind the scenes support’ to help us get it right and the knowledge and experience of their Officers has been a welcome boost to me personally for the final push in fundraising, as well as a great boost to the rest of the team who help me behind the scenes here at the Museum.

We are very grateful to them all and would like to think our little Museum is going all out ‘big’ on showcasing the efforts of Edith, women in policing as well as highlighting much needed and well deserved praise for our Police Force here in Lincolnshire but across the Country too with this project! Thank you to you all! 

And so I decided to write this blog!


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