A year ago, on 18 March 2016, we opened the doors of the Visitor Centre to the public for the very first time. On that first day, our volunteers braved the cold and rain to meet and greet members of the public. Ever since then, our wonderful and dedicated volunteers have greeted over 72,000 visitors by giving 5,000 hours of their time. Our volunteers are amazing: we are regularly told by visitors that they have made people’s days, taught them something new, shared their enthusiasm and generally just been aces, so a massive thank you to every volunteer who has been part of our first year.
A few short weeks after we opened the Visitor Centre, Pickle Café opened within the centre offering delicious food and drink. We are delighted to work in partnership with them so that our visitors (and, ahem, sometimes our staff) can enjoy a hearty lunch with great coffee, a sweet treat and a cracking view.
We could not have opened and run the centre without the contributions made by our funders: Heritage Lottery Fund, Association of Independent Museums Biffa Award, Wolfson Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Headley Trust, Pilgrim Trust, J Paul Getty Foundation and many more.