Clevedon Pier to set up community archive
PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 April 2017
A community archive is being set up to display exhibits once owned by a former Clevedon charity.
The Victor Cox Museum Trust (VCT), set up in memory of the man who built the Curzon cinema in 1912, was founded in 1975.
It ran a free museum at Waterloo House, known as the Heritage Centre, but transferred its assets to the Clevedon Pier Trust in 1998 when it became financially unviable.
The pier trust agreed to continue the VCT’s legacy through its charity work, prompting it to be renamed the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust.
The transfer was made on the condition that the assets should be used for charitable purposes and that the collection of artefacts should be kept secure for the community.
Despite some town councillors questioning the transfer, the pier and heritage trust insists it is continuing the legacy and is planning to set up a community archive to allow people to view the old VCT items which are currently in storage.
A statement from the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust said: “The VCT legacy is evident in two important aspects of the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust’s current work.
“Firstly, Waterloo House is the hub of the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust’s operation – an office, IT servers and storage facilities.
“For example the 45 school visits which the trust will be hosting this year are planned and organised from this location.
“Furthermore, the letting of rooms in Waterloo House is a valuable source of income which helps the trust meet the £100,000 per annum cost of pier maintenance.
“Secondly, more than 500 items from the VCT collection are accessible to the public through the interactive exhibition on the first floor of the pier’s old toll house.
“It is intended to make every item in the VCT collection more easily accessible through a community archive which is currently being created with expert help from a number of organisations and benefactors.
“The community archive will also encompass a number of other important collections including the Clevedon Pier Supporters Club archive and local historian Derek Lilley’s vast collection of photographs relating to Clevedon.”