Seaford Museum needs Volunteers

Your local museum is housed in the oldest and most distinctive building on our town’s seafront: Martello Tower No. 74. Constructed in 1810 as the last in a series of fortifications around Essex, Kent and Sussex it was a defensive fort supporting one large cannon to be used against Napoleon’s forces. Luckily the French never came and in time the tower became successively a coastguard station, café and roller skating rink and is now a museum.

Those who have visited the Museum know that local and military history forms only part of the content. A cavalcade of domestic and social memorabilia of the 20th Century makes up more than half of the displays, and together with tableaux of shops, a school room, and Victorian and wartime kitchens, provides a wider interest to both visitors and stewards. Membership, providing a regular magazine and free entry to the Tower, costs only £7.50 per year.

During the summer months the Martello Tower is open to visitors on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and on Sunday morning and afternoon. The Museum is run entirely by volunteer members of the Seaford Museum & Heritage Society. To enable us to open we are looking for more volunteers to help with the stewarding. We normally have two stewards and a senior steward on duty. Stewarding initially involves meeting people and making them welcome, and is usually an enjoyable time. The welcome element is particularly important when manning the entrance desk and shop. There is no prior knowledge needed to become a steward – we all learn on the job and there is always a senior steward to deal with difficult queries. The average commitment is two hours per month but you can do more or less than this according to circumstances.

If you think you might be able to assist with stewarding you are invited to come along to a friendly introduction and training session to be held in the Museum at 10:30 am on Saturday 9th March. This will include coffee and a tour of the Museum.

If you cannot come on this day, phone Michael Staples on 01323 894893, who will be happy to arrange an alternative introduction.