We need your help! Sponsor a gallery today
Help us make our brand new galleries a reality at Bucks County Museum
Discover Bucks New Galleries Project – The Story of Buckinghamshire is our exciting new project to transform our central galleries into 5 new stunning galleries designed to inspire, inform and capture our visitors imagination, from prehistoric times to the present day in Buckinghamshire. This project will build on in-house expertise to create the following 5 galleries; Geology, Archaeology, People, Art and Wildlife.
The new galleries will tell the story of Bucks from 200 million years ago to contemporary life today using star objects from our vast collections. Visitors will be invited to discover the Ice Age animals that once roamed Bucks, see close up fascinating objects from the past like the stunning Bronze sword, enjoy stories and objects of Bucks people, rich and poor and find out more about the weird and wonderful animals and plants from the Bucks Countryside, plus much more!
The majority of the £1,000,000 costs have been raised from Trusts and Foundations, but we need your help to raise a target of £50,000 through exciting gallery sponsorship opportunities.
Why it’s a great idea
We will be providing visitors an amazing opportunity to learn and connect with their past histories, as well as participate in events and learning activities linked to new gallery themes. By creating these new galleries, we are breathing new life into the incredibly important stories in Bucks and ensuring our history is not forgotten and will continue to inspire visitors for generations to come.
Teachers and pupils from schools, colleges and universities within Bucks and beyond will be inspired by themes and new objects in the galleries, including Pre-history, Anglo-Saxons, famous people in the local area, and science topics, such as adaptation through biodiversity to greater enhance their learning.
These new displays will be vital resources, not available before, to support learning and leisure activities of all visitors, introducing them to giant fossils, an Anglo Saxon body, coin hoards and treasure finds, iconic products made in Bucks and a wonderful array of animal specimens.
“ Discover Bucks will transform our museum and provide an amazing new visitor experience of star objects from the Bucks Collections. It will give us the chance to tell the hidden stories of our local communities, who have not been represented in our permanent galleries before, and to celebrate their contributions to life in Bucks. Visitors will be able to interact with key objects to learn about life in Bucks such as our local sea monster from Watermead or the unique Lenborough Hoard coins telling the forgotten story of the Viking conquest of England. As a charity we really need your help to reach our target of £1 million so please do give what you can and help make this new visitor experience for our region a reality.”
Sue Shave, Bucks County Museum Director
Discover Bucks Geology – discover the rocks that formed Bucks, prehistoric sea monsters, fossils and minerals, the Bucks dinosaur claw and huge Ice Age animals that once roamed this area.
Discover Bucks Archaeology – discover fascinating objects from the past including a stunning Bronze age sword, Roman finds, Saxon jewellery, the skeleton of the Aston Clinton ‘Princess’ noblewoman, medieval treasure and spectacular new display of the Lenborough coin hoard.
Discover Bucks People – discover the stories and objects of Bucks people, rich and poor, at home, celebrating, at work, on the move and from different communities. Discover beautiful costume displays from the past to present.
Discover Bucks Art – discover Bucks art and artists, including John and Paul Nash, John Piper, Samuel Palmer and contemporary artists such as Laura Boswell. Discover art inspired by the magnificent Stowe landscape gardens and the Stowe statues of the Anglo-Saxon gods, Mona and Friga.
Discover Bucks Wildlife – discover the familiar, weird, wonderful and diverse animals and plants from the Bucks countryside, including mammals, birds of prey, garden birds, beautiful insects and Aylesbury ducks.
Sponsor a Gallery today by clicking here
From £100 for a family or group
From £50 for an individual
We welcome donations of any amount.
Specialist Gallery Purchases
£10,000 + buys a special showcase to display artefacts
£5000 – buys graphics to tell the story of the gallery
£2500 – buys decoration
£1000 – buys a screen to tell stories about the objects
If you would like to discuss a large donation, please email Sue Shave on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your donation will make a big difference
What you get for your gallery sponsorship and donation of £50+:
- Your name / family name acknowledged in the museum
- Your name on the website sponsor page
- Invite to the launch events
- Email updates on Discover Bucks Galleries progress
Some of the star objects to be displayed in the new galleries
The Project in Progress
July 2020 – before the project began
November 2020 – strip out
April 2021 – frames and ceiling colour