Isle of Wight Bus Museum official re-opening of display area
On Monday 19th July the refurbished display area at the IW Bus and Coach Museum was officially opened by Councillor Jenna Sabine, Deputy Mayor, Ryde Town Council. This follows several months of work behind the scenes to prepare the new display cabinets and a new video “bus”. This will allow visitors to view video presentations of IW and related transport subjects.
The work was funded by grants from the Foyle Foundation and the Swire Charitable Trust, substantially improving the quality of the displays of archive materials. Brian Dicks, the secretary of the board of trustees, said, “We are immensely grateful to the two organisations for recognising our work. Their respective grant schemes provide vital support for organisations such as ours.”
The Foyle Foundation operates a Small Grants Scheme, designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level.
The Swire Charitable Trust is an independent UK grant-making trust. Since 1975 they have been supporting a wide range of charities that have legitimacy from a heritage perspective as well as the potential to deliver meaningful social and economic benefits.
The IW Bus Museum will be open throughout the school holidays on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10am to 4pm.
All Covid guidelines are being followed.
- The IW Bus and Coach Museum is a charitable trust and seeks funding from multiple sources to support its work. This covers a range of activities, including vehicle restoration, maintaining a comprehensive archive and more mundane items such as repairs to its premises.
- Details of the Foyle Foundation can be found at www.foylefoundation.org.uk
- Details of the Swire Charitable Trust can be found at swirecharitabletrust.org.uk
- For further information, contact Trevor Whelan, 01983 291614/07867 541442
Images 1 & 2: Councillor and Deputy Mayor Jenna Sabine performing the official ribbon-cutting to open the refurbished display area. Secretary Brian Dicks is left of picture and President Richard Newman is right of picture.
Image 3: Jenna samples the new video “bus”, allowing visitors to view transport-related films.