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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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New manager at West Cumbria museum

A Workington woman has swapped the aisles of Marks & Spencer for a new challenge at the town’s Helena Thompson Museum.

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UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: Patricia Poole is the new manager of Workington’s Helena Thompson museum and community centre

A WORKINGTON woman has swapped the aisles of Marks & Spencer for a new challenge at the town’s Helena Thompson Museum.

Patricia Poole, 47, of Ashton Street, who worked in the Pow Street store for more than 30 years, is the new full-time manager of the museum and community centre.

The mother-of-three will oversee the redevelopment of the Park End Road venue.

Patricia said: “One of the directors of the museum approached me when I was in store and said ‘How would you like to be the new manager?’”

Helen Fowler, of the Workington Heritage Group, said: “Tricia will be the catalyst that will take the existing developments and proposed developments and facilities forward, helping to make it a sustainable business.”

Pat Hall, volunteer and former part-time manager, will continue to work on the education side of the business.

Patricia will focus on consolidating the venue’s social and community links.

She has considerable experience of fund-raising and organising community events, which will prove essential in the role.

A proposed education zone at the museum is in the running for a £50,000 grant in the People’s Millions vote on ITV on November 27.

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