Wessex Group – shining a light in Shaftesbury

Gold Hill Museum in Shaftesbury has been given 50 high quality, high-powered, energy efficient LED retrofit lamps by the town’s Wessex Group.

The Gold Hill Museum in Shaftesbury, Dorset, will now be lit for years to come thanks to a donation from the town

The Gold Hill Museum in Shaftesbury, Dorset, will now be lit for years to come thanks to a donation from the town’s Wessex Group. (l-r) David Silverside, Terry Adkins, Simon Morgan (joint MD of Wessex Group) and Barbara Ambrose. Museum staff received the donation of 50 high quality, high-powered, energy efficient LED retrofit lamps on the top of the famous hill.

The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and each month is giving “50 somethings” to a good cause or charity.

The lamps are an apt gift because Wessex Electricals was founded in the town in 1963 and evolved into the Wessex Group, the large, diverse collection of companies it is today.

Gold Hill Museum sits at the top of the famous slope immortalised in the Hovis advert of the 1970s and requires over 150 specialist lamps to illuminate the interior.

The ones donated by Wessex Group are incredibly energy efficient and have an amazing life span of more than 30,000 hours, which means they will last for six years if they are run 12 hours a day for 365 days of the year.

Gold Hill Museum was renovated and extended in 2011 and attracted 13,000 visitors in 2012. It is free to enter and is open every day apart from Wednesday between April and October.

The museum exhibits artefacts relating to the development of Shaftesbury and surrounding villages from stone-age objects, through the Roman era and up until the post-war period. It also has an award-winning
cottage garden with sensational views.

Terry Atkins, chairman of the Shaftesbury and District Historical Society, which owns the museum, said: “We have lots of light bulbs and they incur quite a cost each year so we can keep the museum lit.

“The ones we’ve had in the past haven’t always lasted very long so we’re very grateful to Wessex Group for the donation, which will keep the lights on for years to come.

“The museum is free to enter and we only ask for donations, so everything we receive is very much appreciated.”

So far this year the Wessex Group has provided 50 sensory toys for a charity that looks after children with severe learning difficulties, planted 50 yards of snowdrops in Shaftesbury, supported 50 animals at a rescue centre and donated 50 promotional packs to a dyslexia support group.

Wessex Group is a hardy collection of companies that installs and/or maintains electrics, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, renewable energy, commercial catering equipment and fire and security systems across the south.

Joint managing director of Wessex Group, Simon Morgan, said: “When we heard that the museum needed specialist, high-powered LED retrofit lamps, we were very pleased to help.

“Wessex Group’s history goes back to 1963 in Shaftesbury and we’re still based in the town, so donating something to the museum was ideal for our anniversary pledge to donate ’50 somethings’ to a good cause or charity each month.

“Gold Hill museum is a really interesting place to visit and something the town should feel very proud about having.”

· www.wessexgroup.co.uk
· www.goldhillmuseum.org.uk

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