St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery Lymington Reaching Further

New goings on aplenty at New Forest St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery 

Whether you're an arts enthusiast or not take a look at what's on offer - and take pride in our fabulous New Forest heritage in the heart of Lymington!

st barbe museum art gallery - the front entranceSt Barbe Museum and Art Gallery has this week announced the launch of its "Reaching Further" campaign.

This includes a number of new services for the local community, with lots to tempt you inside, including those of you who have until now had little contact with heritage and the arts.

"Reaching Further" is also about raising funds to replace grants which used to come from both central and local Government, and thus enable all these fantastic new initiatives to happen! 

Reaching Further with St Barbe...

st barbe story telling - reaching further As part of the Reaching Further project, St Barbe is developing innovative work with children under 5, school groups, teenagers with autism, people with dementia and socially isolated older people.

In the next few months they will start a community Access Panel, a group that includes a range of disabled people to help improve their access and engagement. A Young Curators Panel is also being developed to help look at the museum collections with fresh eyes and develop services for young people.

Speaking at the launch of the Reaching Further campaign, St Barbe Director Maria Ragan said:

“St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, which is a registered charity, is a vital part of the cultural life in the region. We have ambitious plans to ‘Reach Further’ with a range of community outreach projects to bring these services and new initiatives to the wider community.

As an independently run museum, St Barbe values the freedom that this brings, whilst appreciating the support we have received from local and national Government that allowed us to build the fantastic new museum building, which is such a major asset for the town and the wider region.”

Much more about this to come... watch this space!

Meanwhile there's a real need for funds right now 

Fundraising is vital to the Reaching Further project, ensuring that the museum can continue the high level of services currently provided while at the same time launching the new range of community initiatives that enable the museum to take its services to current visitors and the whole community.

There are many ways people can help with fundraising and sponsorship to replace the lost government funding:

  • The ‘Inspire Fund’ a simple and inexpensive option, that allows people to help St Barbe with regular small payments on a monthly basis.
  • Become a Friend of St Barbe
  • Sponsorship opportunities for business, or individuals
  • Leaving a gift in your will

Museum Chair John de Trafford explains:

We are proud to have so many St Barbe Friends, Patrons and Business Partners and we really value what they contribute to St Barbe. However, the big reduction in funding from local and national government that we have experienced since the new building opened, is putting all this at risk unless the local community can be encouraged to step in to help support St Barbe for future generations. 

We hope that the wider community will recognise the excellent work that St Barbe does for the town and will support this vital fundraising effort.”

Can you help, in any way?

For full details of how you can help please visit 

Or for more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Reaching Further fundraising campaign for St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery Lymington



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