The Duke of Devonshire has attended his first event at the Framework Knitters Museum since agreeing to become their second Patron at the end of 2015. The Duke joined around 50 other guests at an Evening Reception on Thursday 14 April in the museum’s former Methodist Chapel, after taking a look around the main museum site beforehand.
The Reception was arranged to update supporters on the museum’s ambitious plans to redevelop and expand their site further to the acquisition of Gunn Cottage, an adjacent former frame knitter’s cottage that separates the main museum buildings from the Chapel.
Audrey Winkler, the museum’s Chairman, commented: ‘The evening was a great success and it was lovely to welcome so many supporters, both old and new. The Duke launched the Reception in style with an impressive off-the-cuff speech, after which we were treated to two excellent presentations about our exciting plans to transform the museum site. The Reception also gave me the opportunity to introduce our new partnership with Nottingham Brewery, who provided a first-rate buffet supper at The Frame Breakers afterwards.’
In other museum news, Audrey’s daughter, Kay, is bravely taking on a sponsored 5km open water swim at Lake Windermere on Friday 10 June. All funds raised will go towards the Framework Knitters Museum’s redevelopment and expansion appeal. If you’d like to make a donation, please call into the museum or donate online at www.everyclick.com/kayswimsforframeworkknittersmuseum.