New boss aims to open up Swaffham Museum

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The new manager of the Swaffham Museum has revealed her desire to make it easier for people to use the facility as she settles into her new role.

Sue Gattuso, who lives in Sporle, took up the post earlier this month, at the start of a significant year for the London Street attraction.

She said this week: “It’s been very interesting. There’s a lot to do and it’s a pretty steep learning curve.”

Mrs Gattuso, who has lived in Sporle for more than 30 years, was an assistant principal and the director of teaching and learning at Wymondham College, where she worked for 22 years, until her retirement last summer. She is also musical director of the Phoenix Signers.

And she is keen to bring as many people as possible into the museum, whether they are residents or visitors to the town.

She said: “One of the main things is to make it more accessible. I’d like to open up the archives for family history and project research.”

She also hopes that more volunteers will join the museum’s team.

Although the building is currently closed to the public, staff and volunteers are currently preparing to launch a major exhibition which will commemorate the centenary of the First World War and they are keen to hear from you.

The exhibition, which will run throughout 2014, is intended to tell the stories of Swaffham people who served in the conflict and explore the effects of the war on the town as a whole.

Before the building re-opens to the public next month, volunteers will be holding a weekly stall at the town’s indoor market in the Assembly Rooms for people to share their stories of loved ones’ war experiences. The first stall will be manned today.

Anyone who has information about someone who served in the war, a war-themed event, or any artefacts that can be loaned to the museum, should go to the stall, which will be open from 9am, to discuss the details with a volunteer.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to