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The Lightbox in Woking wins David Cameron's big society award

PUBLISHED: 22:01 10 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:29 20 February 2013

The Lightbox in Woking wins David Cameron's big society award

The Lightbox in Woking wins David Cameron's big society award

Representatives from The Lightbox visited the Prime Minister at Downing Street, as the volunteer run Woking museum and gallery won his big society award.

Representatives from The Lightbox visited the Prime Minister at Downing Street, as the volunteer run Woking museum and gallery won his big society award.


The local community raised more than 7m to develop the cultural centre through charitable events ranging from golf days and sponsored walks to auctions.


I recently met volunteers from The Lightbox and saw first-hand the dedication and passion they have shown to make their museum and gallery a reality, said David Cameron. I am pleased to be able to present them with a big society award to recognise all their hard work.


The Lightbox shows what the big society is in so many ways, from volunteers giving their time and expertise, to winning the support of the whole community for their plan, to generating millions of pounds in donations to make it work.


Staffed by more than 150 volunteers, The Lightbox runs an education and outreach service focussed on history and the arts which sees community groups and schools work with professional artists in the centres purposebuilt education studio.


The project began in 1993 when 70 local people decided to create a cultural centre in the area and embarked on a high level of consultation to understand what the public wanted.


Now more than 60,000 visitors a year enjoy exhibitions, community-curated shows, drop-in free workshops for families, a schools development programme and lectures and events at The Lightbox.



  • The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA: 01483 737800

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