My name is Clare McLeod and I would like to adopt the Captain Cook Memorial Museum.
Tell us a bit more about yourself
I run my own business called Intermezzo which helps to generate revenue streams for Museums, art galleries and heritage properties. We offer private evening tours of many venues, including A Night at the Museum in Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow; have just finished sponsorship and fundraising work with the Riverside Museum and are about to launch audio guides which will provide an income stream for all our venues.
Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Captain Cook Memorial Museum is situated in Whitby in North Yorkshire. It is an independent museum, established as a charity, and is reliant on donations and legacies for the running and development of the Museum. It has in the past received funding from public bodies and the National Art Collections and Heritage Lottery Fund but these grants may not be as available to them in the future.
Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
I have spent many happy family holidays in Whitby and I think this Museum sums up Whitby perfectly. It’s beautifully presented and encompasses the history associated with this small town. It’s great for all ages, they’ve made good attempts to translate into other languages and I’d love to get the word out – a beautiful museum contained in a lovingly restored house.
Why would you recommend people visit?
A visit is a reminder of the epic voyages of discovery made by Captain Cook and his contribution to our understanding of the world. It also provides many levels of interest for its visitors including maritime history, local history, an art collection and life above and below stairs as well as a fascinating insight into the man himself, both adults and children alike.
How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Small but perfect