The House on Crutches Museum Collection Trust

The House on Crutches Museum Collection Trust (HOCMCT) was established in 1993 and subsequently became a registered charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. It is staffed and run entirely by volunteers and is currently working on two fronts:

  • The House on Crutches Museum Collection (HOCMCT) in the House on Crutches which is owned by another charity – Old Castle Land Trust.
  • The Bishop’s Castle Heritage Resource Centre (BCHRC) which was set up with a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, providing funding from November 2003 to October 2006.

The strategic management of the charity is the responsibility of the Executive Committee while the Trustees manage the charity day to day. Sub-committees of the Executive, which includes some Trustees, BCHRC volunteers and co-opted representatives from other local heritage organisations, run the museum and BCHRC. The Executive Committee meets quarterly and the Museum and BCHRC sub-committees meet fortnightly or monthly. Other sub-committees are formed around specific tasks, and then disband when their work is completed.

In 2009, HOCMCT secured An HLF grant to develop BCHRC as a Local History Centre. Our volunteers have worked closely with staff from Shropshire Archives to identify the essential materials that will enable them to help enquirers find the resources they need for their family history or social history research. We hold a large amount of information such as Parish Records and other documents concerning Bishop’s Castle and surrounding parishes as well as a small reference library.

For more information about the Bishop's Castle Heritage Resource Centre, see our companion website:
www.bchrc.co.uk

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