All aboard for show supporting museum

S50016H13 ''All Aboard performers, from left,Tony Hill, Alison Barak, Paul Connolly, Ted Young and Elaine Hill
S50016H13 ''All Aboard performers, from left,Tony Hill, Alison Barak, Paul Connolly, Ted Young and Elaine Hill

SEA and river songs will mix with poems and fun in a fundraising performance for the Marlipins Museum.

The Friends of Marlipins Museum are presenting All Aboard next month, with the theme ‘from the River Adur down to the sea’.

Alison Barak, Elaine Hill, Paul Connolly, Tony Hill and Ted Young will be performing at the museum in High Street, Shoreham, on Saturday, January 25, at 7pm.

Tony Hill, a volunteer custodian at the museum, explained: “The Friends of Marlipins Museum exist to keep the museum open, by bridging the gap between what it costs the owners, Sussex Archaeological Society to run it and what revenue it can take from admission charges.

“Any surplus goes towards equipment, such as a projector, screen and PA system.

“Without the Friends, I doubt we’d have a museum in Shoreham.”

He said the variety show would have a maritime flavour, to suit the town’s history and the museum’s own theme.

“Mostly the show will feature songs ranging from Beatles to Gilbert and Sullivan – nothing too loud or very classical,” added Tony.

Alison, Elaine and Tony all sing with Southwick Opera, Paul is a singer/songwriter and Ted is a retired professional pop/folk singer and one-man band.

Admission will be £6, £4 for members. There will be an interval with soft drinks and nibbles included. People can take their own wine, if they wish.

The fundraising will be boosted by a raffle on the day and all proceeds will go to the museum.

The medieval building is of national importance and grade II* listed.

It houses more than 2,500 exhibits reflecting the rich history of the area, its archaeology, maritime shipbuilding past, the two world wars, and the Shoreham Beach Nature Reserve.

The early British film industry started on Shoreham Beach, so there is a detailed display depicting the first films, such as The Mayor of Casterbridge, and visitors can hear one of its famous actresses speaking about the time before the studio burnt down.

Also on show are exhibits from Shoreham Airport, which opened in 1910 as the first licensed airfield in the country, as well as information about Shoreham Fort, a 19th-century Palmerston fort preserved on Shoreham Beach.

The Friends, formed in 2010, include dedicated volunteers who help in the day-to-day running of the museum during the season, May to October.

The organisation is working hard to get the Marlipins and its multi-purpose galleries used much more by local people and organisations.

Visit the Friends’ website www.friendsofmarlipins.org.uk for more information.