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6 June 2012

New gallery at the Royal Cornwall Museum set to open

Volunteers who contributed to the creation of a new gallery at the Royal Cornwall Museum have been praised ahead of National Volunteering Week beginning this weekend.

The Ancient Civilisations Gallery, which includes the institution’s extensive collections of Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts as well as loans from the British Museum, was recently completely refurbished and redesigned using grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Foundation for Sports and the Arts, and the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council.

Officially opening on Friday, the gallery’s rejuvenation was aided and abetted by a group of dedicated helpers who worked around one or two days a week. The Truro museum hopes to highlight the contribution of its devoted workers with a series of events designed to coincide with the opening of the gallery.

Head of development and communications at the museum Georgia Butters said: ‘We have more than 40 regular volunteers at the museum and we couldn't do without them. They are a very dedicated, hard-working team who help out in all sorts of ways.’

Forming part of the impressive cultural landscape encompassing the county, the Royal Cornwall Museum represents a great day out for any of those enjoying a stay in some 5 star accommodation in Cornwall.

Image credit: Elaine Hamby

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