I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone who came to support The Pen Museum on what was our first summer fair. This type of event is the biggest the museum has ever hosted and it was great to see some familiar faces as well as new faces. I co-ordinated the entire event as it was my crazy idea at first. I originally just thought of doing an open day for the museum with tours but as interest grew and I spoke to more people within the local area, the summer fair grew to something really special. I could not have done it without the support of all the volunteers at the museum. The museum runs entirely on volunteers every day so it was lovely to see everyone coming together and supporting the idea and the museum.
All our games, posters and refreshments were handmade by our volunteers as well as work experience students. All the games were very popular and in total we made over £250 from our games and £97 from our refreshments! Over 170 people came to the fair and over 60 people joined us on our tours that ran every hour by our super tour guides, Christian Paton and Tom Abbott. Our shop was also open on the day and we took about £70 from our stock!
Our tombola was the star of the show, so much so that we started to run out of prizes because we had so many lucky winners! Well done to everyone who won. At this point I would like to say a BIG thank you to all our supporters including:
Again the fair would not have been the same without your kind support. Most of our prizes came from the local community.
I would also like to say a HUGE thank you to: Tina Francis who has helped a lot since the beginning and gave me tons of advice along the way. She designed a pen nib tapestry kit, especially for the museum: she raised so much interest in her work and successfully sold one on the day! We hope to have these stocked in our shop very soon!
Also a big thank you to:
Everyone enjoyed having craft stalls at the fair, many of you said how it was lovely to have a different environment for your stall, such as our museum!
On the day we raised over £600 – So thank you to everyone and I hope we can make this an annual event!
Learning Co-ordinator at The Pen Museum.