What is HMSSG?
HMSSG stands for Herefordshire Museum Service Support Group.
We are a charitable organisation, set up in 2015, whose aims are to support the Herefordshire Council's Museum Service in the face of falling public funding. HMSSG is a membership network for supporters of Herefordshire Council's Museum Service. The Museum Service includes:
- the significant County museum and art collections (over 180,000 objects which are part of Herefordshire's heritage, held in trust for its people)
- the Museum and Art Gallery in Broad St
- the Resource and Learning Centre where the Collections are stored
- the Black and White House in High Town
- and the professional staff team
Over the last few years there have been considerable funding cutbacks to the service - which is why it needs a Friends Group more than ever.
In early 2017 HMSSG became a registered membership Charity and it will have its first AGM in April 2018. HMSSG is only as strong as its members, on whose support the future of the Museum depends.
HMSSG’s vision is for a sustainable 21st century museum service which gives a wide range of people better access to the wonderful County Collections. This can be through galleries, exhibitions, pop-up displays, group and educational activities taking place in a range of venues. It also includes digital participation: interactive online images and information, websites and social media.
We are always seeking funding to support the museum services in various ways. We were very pleased when the partnership bid we were working on with Herefordshire Council to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Resilient Heritage’ scheme to fund an options appraisal for the future of the Museum Service was successful. Fundiing from central government or Herefordshire Council will soon be reducing to zero, so could Museum Services be managed by a charitable Trust or other organisation? Read more about this here
We are also using funding received from AIM (Association of Independent Museums) to set up and train users for this website. See more here
Supporting our Museums: can you volunteer?
Any chance of the Museum in Broad Street remaining open depends on sufficient volunteers coming forward to supervise the displays. In addition, the HMSSG board are looking for additional trustees, especially with skills in finance and social media. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact us.