Appeal to save city’s special swan

November 29 2017
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WELLS and Mendip Museum has launched a unique SOS appeal to Save Our Swan.

The swans on the Palace Moat are a source of pride and identity to Wells and are known all over the world for their ability to ring the bell at the gatehouse to be fed.

The first swan to learn this skill was taught to do so in the late 1850s by Miss Emily Eden, the daughter of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt Rev Lord Auckland.

The original swan is preserved and on display in Wells Museum but having been in its present case for more than 150 years, it is in much need of conservation work.

However the skill to preserve this unique exhibit is expensive and is going to cost £2,000, and the museum is hoping that the citizens and visitors to Wells will help to raise the money.

The Swan Hotel, Wells Chamber of Commerce and Wells Civic Society have all agreed to make donations.

Andrew Fawcett, chair of the trustees of the museum, said: “Our swan is part of an entirely unique piece of English history and desperately needs conservation so that it can take centre stage in a new exhibition that the museum is planning.

“As a matter of courtesy the trustees have written to Her Majesty the Queen as keeper of the country’s swans to inform her of the SOS campaign and ask for her support.”

To make donations, email admin@wellsmuseum.org.uk or call 01749 673477.

Clare Blackmore