A PLEA has been issued to recruit more volunteers to try and expand the services on offer at an East Staffordshire museum.
Bosses at Tutbury Museum, based in Duke Street, have launched the drive to boost numbers only weeks before the popular site opens for the first time in its 2014 season.
Chris Tipper, museum chairman, spoke to the Mail to play down reports that a staff shortage could see the end of the facility, instead revealing plans to make it ‘more accessible than ever’.
He said: “I would like to quash talk that we are in trouble and that our future is in doubt.
“We do need new volunteers but we already have enough to get by for the new season.
“However, we are hoping to extend its opening hours across the summer, and would like to recruit new members to our team.
“Our volunteers typically spend two or three hours a week helping ‘man the shop’, welcoming visitors, cataloguing the collection, preserving the exhibits or carrying out research.
“No experience is required, only an enthusiasm for the village and ideally an interest in local or family history.”
It will be open for the first time on Monday, March 31.
It is open from 1.30pm to 4pm and from 10.30am until 4pm on Saturday.
Mr Tipper added: “We want to try and open the museum up in the week during the mornings.
“If we get extra volunteers, this is something that we think that we can achieve.
“It will allow more people than ever to use the facility.”
The museum is staffed entirely by volunteers who are keen to promote Tutbury and its heritage.
Included in the collection are old maps, documents, photographs and artefacts of the area.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is urged to call Robert Minchin on 01283 813310 or Chris Tipper on 01455 823348, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information is available by visiting http://tutburymuseum.btck.co.uk/