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SI Tenby and District Museum Project: 2016

Last Thursday – March 16th – SI Tenby was delighted to present a water colour by Doreen Hammersley to the Museum in memory of Doreen – a much loved and sadly missed member of the Club. Doreen was a Soroptimist between 1976 and 2016 and took on the role of president in 1984. In 2014 she was delighted to be the recipient of the British Empire Medal. She died in 2016


The painting, an evocative landscape, was gifted to the museum by SI President Eleanor Parker. Currently there is a display of Doreen’s art works at the museum and the donated picture will take its place there for the next month and then remain in the Museum  as a permanent tribute to Doreen.

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, located in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, South West Wales, is the oldest independent museum in Wales. Established in 1878 the Museum has a collection of local geology, biology, archaeological and maritime artefacts. Accompanying the regular exhibitions since 1976 is a collection of images and crafts.

Tenby Museum now receives no state funding and is encountering financial difficulties because of recent council cuts. SI Tenby and District has therefore decided to make this the Club’s local programme action project, acting as volunteers and helping to fund-raise for the museum. It is also hoped to set up a short research project on the Women of Tenby.

Dr. Cathy Talbot, a member of Tenby Museum Management Team, spoke at  the Autumn  Programme Action  meeting on November 22nd  to explain the situation and discuss future plans for the Museum.