Reflections on 2021

Well what a year it’s been (again). We started it with another long lockdown, finally reopening in May with the wonderful John Vernon Lord exhibition. What a joy that has been to have in the museum, with its playfulness and humour, not to mention the added bonus of a giant jam sandwich!

We’ve had our ups and downs this year, with the low point probably having to postpone our Shoji Hamada exhibition for a second time, but it will be with us in the autumn next year, by which time I hope we will also be seeing the international audiences again alongside our regular visitors.

All the way through we’ve done our best to be there for our community, from training community co-ordinators to deliver projects with materials packs in care homes when it was impossible for us to go there, to restarting in person early years sessions, our after school club and regular crafting sessions for people who are socially isolated as soon as we safely could.

All the way through it’s been heartwarming to see the support and good wishes from visitors and the local community, expressed in generous donations online and in the cash box, and reading lovely reviews. This is a favourite:

“A speciality, to be seen more as an integral part of Ditching, than just a museum…. Beautifully designed. Independent, very active, and extremely friendly.”

On that note, have a wonderful Christmas, do your last minute shopping in the museum shop (online or in person) and book now for Dame Vera Lynn: An Extraordinary Life. We have great things in store for you on 2022!

Steph Fuller