It is always difficult to admit that things are not going right, but a couple of months ago, the Museum went public to ask for help to raise money to keep us open. And, oh, what a response you gave us! We did not realise the strength of feeling for the museum, and how passionately people from Hartlepool, and all over the world, would take up the challenge of saving us. So we have a very special list of thank you’s which we will add to throughout 2019.
Sabaton – Swedish heavy rock band and all their fans who bought t-shirts
Residents and friends of Priory Court
North East Land, Sea and Air Museum
Mr & Mrs Jenkinson
Mr A Weland
29th Field Kitchen
Mill House Pub
All of the Tommy2Tommy walkers and Wonsie Waddlers, and the organisers of the walk. Also those who donated prizes and helped out on the day of the event.
Ian Griffiths fundraiser @Victoria Arms
Pindrop @ Fisherman’s Arms
LillyAnne’s Coffee Shop
Pools Surplus Stores
The Heugh Battery Museum relies on the help and support of many people and organisations. We would like to thank the following for their contribution to keeping the museum open to the public.
Our visitors: over two and a half thousand of you came and paid to look around the museum! Another 2000 came to sample our delicious cakes, scones and other food in Poppy cafe. 38 schools brought over 1600 children to the museum, with more scouts, youth groups and other groups coming for private tours throughout 2018.
Our volunteers: where would we be without the many volunteers we have coming in to work with schools, maintain the fabric of the museum, help with events, help in the cafe and staff the museum on open days? Our volunteers contributed a massive 2600 hours to the museum in 2018! They are the bedrock of the Heugh Battery Museum and their friendly welcome is what visitors remember most in their comments to us.
Our donors: lots of individuals entrust us with items which are important and valuable to them so that we can continue to tell new stories in years to come. Some fantastic objects make their way into our collection each year Other very generous people have donated money to the museum to help improve the collections and display spaces.
Many people have helped in practical ways doing work on site or providing support for the administrative side of the museum’s work. Here are some of the individuals, groups and companies we have had the good fortune to work with:
- The Learning Curve Group who helped to spruce us up with more than a lick of paint
- Staff of Hartlepool Borough Council for support in design and production of leaflets and many other pieces of advice and support
- Heugh Yarners in the Community who give so much to make the museum and the Headland a better place
- JDR for the supply of lightbulbs to brighten up the workshop for Wintertide Festival
- Artistic Solutions for really brightening up our museum for Wintertide Ferestival
- Durham Pals Living History Group for standing in the cold every 16th December and coming to talk to visitors on open days
- Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums for support with the technical side of running a museum
- Heather Richardson, Regional Curator for help with the collection
- Anita Hollinshead for making sense of our policies and making our policies make sense
- The Battlefields Trust for ideas and invitations to events
Our partnerships: we are very lucky to be involved with the Seascape Partnership, Wintertide Festival, Armed Forces Liaison Group and Coastal Communities.
The museum also enjoys good links with Bloom In Art, Summerhill Country Park, Hartlepool College of Further Education, Hartlepool Sixth Form College, The Northern School of Art, North East Land Sea and Air Museum, Bailiffegate Museum, The Time Travelling Tea Tent, The Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, and Fishburn Brass Band.
Our suppliers: who go above and beyond on many occasions
- Michelle Wright of Ellison Services for endless patience over SAGE Accounts
- The Legend of Skippy for sorting out the IT
- Keith Middleton for being fearless up a ladder
Apologies to anyone missed – please let us know so we can add you in!
Thank you again for all the support in 2018. We hope you will help us to improve the Heugh Battery Museum even more in 2019.Connect with the Heugh Battery