Revamped visitor store for Epworth’s Old Rectory

Volunteer Ron Ansley, Rev. Claire Potter and her husband John, pictured in the newly refurbished Epworth Old Rectory visitors shop. Picture: Marie Caley E4151MC
Volunteer Ron Ansley, Rev. Claire Potter and her husband John, pictured in the newly refurbished Epworth Old Rectory visitors shop. Picture: Marie Caley E4151MC

A small, but significant step, in a move to revamp Epworth’s Old Rectory has been completed.

The refurbishment of the visitor attraction’s museum shop has been finished, which has seen new fittings installed.

Rev Claire Potter, curator at the Old Rectory, said: “This complete redesign of the shop has been of great benefit. Without the commitment and many hours of work by a team of volunteers it wouldn’t have been possible.”

The shop had contained an old counter, shelving and other pieces of furniture. In January quality fittings were offered to the rectory by the Museum of Methodism in London.

A £2,400 grant was secured from charitable body the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) to carry out the work.

A new cash register and displays have now been installed in time for the start of the museum’s 2013 season.

Ms Potter added: “Without the AIM sustainability grant we wouldn’t have been able to make it happen. We’re very grateful.”

The Old Rectory was the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley, founders of the methodist movement.

Plans are currently in hand to completely restore the Grade 1 listed building.