This summer finally saw the formation of a Friends group for the Grotto. This independent trust is run by a team of committed volunteers who are working closely with us here at the Grotto. Their aims are:
to promote, conserve and preserve the Shell Grotto as a unique historical monument
to advance education by raising awareness of the historical value of the site
to acquire, display, research and document historical artefacts and memorabilia
to research and document the origins and subsequent uses of the Grotto.
Membership starts at just £10 a year and provides loads of benefits:
free unlimited entry to the Grotto
invitations to Friends’ events such as tours, talks and performances
twice-yearly copies of the Friends’ Newsletter
opportunities to volunteer at the Grotto
deals and discounts at various museums, theatres and shops.
Everyone who joins the Friends will be making a valuable contribution to the future of the Grotto.
Here's Sonia and James from Theatre of the Small at a Friends' event.