Dovenby WI August 2017
The August meeting was a visit to the Helena Thompson Museum, with afternoon tea.
The Helena Thompson is both a museum and a community venue serving the town of Workington and the surrounding area.
This elegant Georgian house is a Grade II listed building was bequeathed to the town by the late Helena Thompson.
Originally the building was in the care of the local authority but it is now managed by Volunteers of the Workington Heritage group who were awarded the 'Queen's Award for Volunteers' in the 2016 Birthday Honours List. This is the equivalent of an MBE for volunteers.
The museum reflects the area's history, industry, culture and social life through displays, interactive audio and visual information units and digital information, More than just a museum, the Helena Thompson is now home to groups with a wide variety of interests and activities and is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies, children's days, exhibitions, parties, concerts and other events. An interactive virtual tour of the museum is available to view on a tablet for anyone unable to use the stairs to the first floor.
Well worth visiting!
Meetings are usually held at Bridekirk Dovenby School on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.
More details and a programme are to be found on