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Operatic society becomes first group to take part in Community Case project

Operatic society becomes first group to take part in Community Case project

Hannah Crouch

Operatic society becomes first group to take part in Community Case project

An operatic society is one of the first organisations to take part in the new Community Case project in Windsor.

Set up by the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum through funding from the National Lottery, the project was developed to enable community groups to propose and create their own displays at Windsor Library in Bachelors Acre and Windsor Guildhall in High Street.

Maidenhead Operatic Society (MOS) is the first group to take part and hopes the exhibition will promote its links to the area.

"We were very pleased when we were told there was an opportunity for MOS to use a large cabinet to display information about the society in the library and/or Guildhall Museum in Windsor," said MOS chairman, Delia Nicholson.

"Of course we responded enthusiastically to the idea and were especially delighted when last month we learnt that we were to be the first society to take part in this project.

"MOS sees this as a wonderful opportunity to let people know about us and the range of musical theatre productions we put on twice a year in Maidenhead. 

"We are very grateful to the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum for this opportunity and hope that other societies in the area will take up the offer to do something similar after us."

Vice-chairman Lou Tait and costume designer Jenny Harris put together the case.

They decided to focus on the history of MOS with the display centered around a Tudor costume.

It also contains props, posters, photos and programmes.

After three months, another society will be given the opportunity to showcase its work. 

Volunteers at the museum hope the project will help draw people in.

"Having the case on display in the library brings these societies into the community and also helps bring more people into the museum. Also it gives them the chance to get some exposure and show everyone what exactly they do," explained volunteer Pamela Marson.

Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr James Evans, was present at the inauguration which took place on Wednesday, October 22. 

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