A former colleague’s generosity has delighted volunteers at Bexhill Museum and encouraged them in their next project with a £25,000 donation.
The independent and voluntarily-run museum in Egerton Road is one of a number of charities to benefit from the will of Nellie Boseley, who used to work there.
Each group has been left £25,000 but solicitors say they can expect rather more because personal beneficiaries pre-deceased her.
Museum curator Julian Porter said the bequest is particularly welcome for an organisation whose primary source of income from admissions only just covers day-to-day expenses.
“We are dependent on the generosity of individuals within the community to really keep us going,” he said.
“It will go towards our partnership funding for the new Pre-History Gallery we hope to build.
“This is very timely for us.”
The museum opened in 2003 after the amalgamation of two museums in Bexhill.
Despite appeals on its website and elsewhere, it is rare for the museum to obtain substantial sums in bequests.
As announced at its annual meeting, the museum would like to add an extra exhibition gallery devoted to the area’s pre-history.
It has a duty to accept all artefacts being found by archeologists working on the Bexhill Link Road site.
It already has a small temporary exhibition showing a few of the first finds.
But by the time of the annual meeting last autumn there was already a need for the overcrowded museum to accept a further 50 boxes of material from what the curator described as one of the most important excavations of recent years.
In order to attract the sort of Heritage Lottery Fund grant aid which enabled the museum to build its costume and motor heritage galleries the charity would need to contribute 10 per cent of the cost of the project.
This would mean the museum having to raise up to £500,000, having already spent most of its resources on the latest exhibition.
“Sadly, we don’t get enough.
“It is not the sort of thing you can count on but from the benefactor’s point of view it is something that will be of benefit to the community for ever,” Mr Porter said.
Mrs Boseley’s will is also benefiting the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital and Highwoods Preservation Society.
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