Bunyan Museum open morning to discover more about joining dedicated band of volunteers

Volunteers at the Bunyan Museum in Bedford.
Volunteers at the Bunyan Museum in Bedford.

An appeal is being made for more volunteers to help out at the Bunyan Museum, which tells the story of one of Bedford’s most remarkable sons.

the John Bunyan Museum & Library is holding an open morning for anyone interested in helping out at the museum, on Saturday, January 24 from 10.30am,

The independent museum, in the heart of Bedford’s Cultural Quarter, is run by a team of dedicated volunteers of all ages.

Curator, Nicola Sherhod said: “New volunteers are always needed to help welcome the visitor, and keep the museum open. This year we are also looking for volunteers with skills and experience with schools, marketing, admin, and an interest in working with the collections.

“The volunteers do a fantastic job. They work in the museum and the shop, greeting visitors and sharing their own enthusiasm for the amazing story we tell here. Volunteers can also work behind the scenes developing trails, and children’s activities, and helping look after our collections. It’s fascinating and rewarding work, and with lots of exciting projects planned for 2015 it’s a great time to volunteer at the museum, and get involved.”

The open morning is in the Foyer Coffee Shop at Bunyan Meeting, next to the museum. Meet and chat with some of the stewards, have a tour around the museum, and find out what museum stewards do and how you might get involved.

The John Bunyan Museum will reopen on Tuesday, February 17 and is open Tuesday to Saturday 11am until 4pm and admission is free.

John Bunyan Museum tells the story of the Bedford man who wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of the greatest novels in the English language. During his remarkable life Bunyan was a soldier, tinker, preacher and dissenter. He spent 12 years in Bedford prison for illegal preaching and it was here that he wrote his masterpiece.

The John Bunyan Museum and Library is at Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU.

For more details contact the Curator Nicola Sherhod on 01234 270303 or email curator@bunyanmeeting.co.uk Visit www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum