University of the Third Age

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 November 2006 | UPDATED: 09:57 31 May 2010

Members held their monthly open meeting on Monday October 16 at Saffron Walden Town Hall, when members of Sawston U3A were also invited to attend. The guest speaker was Carolyn Wingfield, who is currently curator of Saffron Walden Museum. She spoke about

Members held their monthly open meeting on Monday October 16 at Saffron Walden Town Hall, when members of Sawston U3A were also invited to attend. The guest speaker was Carolyn Wingfield, who is currently curator of Saffron Walden Museum. She spoke about the origins of the Saffron Walden facility, which is one of the oldest purpose-built museums in the UK. It was founded and opened in 1835 by what was then known as the SW Natural History Society.

Ms Wingfield told the meeting that the museum has many articles which it would like to display, some of which are stored in premises not accessible to the general public, so it is now vital that new, additional premises are found as quickly as possible.

With this in mind, an appeal has recently been launched to fund a new research and resource centre on Thaxted Road. The museum will need to raise about £500,000 in order to make a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The next meeting of SWU3A will be at Saffron Walden Bowls Club at 2.30pm on Monday November 20, when the guest speaker will be Richard Ayres MBE on Anglesey Abbey.

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