Presentations have been made to Jackie Goodall who has stood down as the inspiring chairman at the Cottage Museum in Woodhall Spa.
Under her astute leadership, the museum has gone from strength to strength and won numerous awards.
The presentation was certainly a surprise to Jackie, who thought she was turning up for a routine ‘catch up’ meeting after the highly successful commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem.
At the end of the meeting, friends and colleagues organised the presentation to say a big thank you to Jackie for her enormous contribution to the museum during the 11 years or so she was involved.
Notable events Jackie helped organise included the Creating Memories Project, which won the Heritage Forum Inspiration Award in 2007, and The Treasure Box Project, which won the Forum’s Best Event Award in 2009.
In 2010, she instigated the campaign to raise money to provide the Arnhem Memorial stone and also introduced the annual commemoration.
Between 2011-12, the Strategic Development Project saw the museum engage with young people and in 2012, the MUBU Film Project organised young people to produce films based at the museum.
In 2013, a partnership with Leicester University to develop well-being activities for elderly people led to sessions in residential homes.
A spokesman for the museum said: “Jackie worked hard on all these projects, applying for grants, negotiating with stakeholders and organising behind the scenes, as well as actively participating in the events.
“She also raised the profile of the museum, but probably her greatest achievement during her term as chairman was to lead the team that successfully applied for - and won - a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £677,600 to refurbish the somewhat dilapidated building and old fashioned displays.
“Jackie wrote the activity plan that formed about 80 per cent of the application.
“Whilst all this was happening, she was also responsible for the day to day running of the museum and management of volunteer recruitment and retention.
“Her parting gift to the museum was the winning of three awards this year at The Lincolnshire Heritage Awards ceremony.
“The museum has been very fortunate to have had Jackie’s contribution over the past 11 years.
“Her achievements have been immense and her efforts on behalf of Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum will be sorely missed.”