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LRM Volunteer Research Team, Nov 2021.jpg

 Mike Applegate, Angela Main, Graham Davies, Martin Mattock, Ken Gollop

Richard Wells, Alison Tirrell, Martin Wells, Greg Cattell, Fred Humphrey

Graham Davies writes:

Having been a Museum Volunteer since 2005, I was asked by the then Curator in 2009 to set up and lead a team of volunteers primarily to answer the local history enquiries that were regularly received by the Museum. Sixteen volunteers came forward, mainly retired people brought together by their interest in the social history of the town and surrounding area. Their differing life experiences and aptitudes combine to contribute to the work we do.The membership has changed over time, some of whom were captured in the adjacent images.

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There are currently 10 members, seven of who meet regularly for a team meeting on Monday mornings in the Museum or Guildhall. During the week research continues at home or locations of interest by those who are able to find the extra time. 

Recently I asked the current volunteers for comments on their motivation:

"I find local history fascinating and worthwhile. The team - and our leader - are a very friendly and humorous set of people, and a pleasure to work alongside. The stuff we have learnt about the town and its inhabitants is truly amazing. 

"Since joining the team I have been amazed by the amount of research that has been already undertaken"

"Lyme Regis Museum is a most excellent place that I value being associated with. I believe the team's research archive has a real value in bringing the past alive for present and future generations. Among the things I enjoy most is the challenge of transcribing old documents."

"I look forward to my Research Group sessions as it allows me to delve into the social history of Lyme, not only by looking at the documents, newspapers, articles, diaries etc, but through team discussions with a friendly , helpful, motivated and knowledgeable group."

"If you have an inquisitive nature then the Research Team offers you the opportunity to delve deeper into your surroundings. There is a real sense of achievement if you discover something new on the subject you are researching." 

I am always looking for new volunteers, so if you are interested in learning more and perhaps joining the team, do contact me at

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