Mansfield Museum to receive Lottery boost

Mansfield Museum Arcade

Mansfield Museum has been awarded a £23,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help re-develop the Arcade.

The funding for the museum will help Mansfield celebrate and commemorate its industrial heritage, which includes Mansfield Brewery, coal mining, Shoe Co. and Metal Box.

It is the next step in a very productive period for Mansfield Museum. The Museum, which is located next to Mansfield Palace Theatre, was recently voted Family Friendly Museum of the Year by the Guardian.

At the museum you’ll have the chance to see seasonal art with galleries and exhibitions taking place through the year and get involved with interactive learning with XplorActive. During half term, the museum will be hosting a whole series of activities to celebrate Dickens Bicentenary.

There is also access to performance studios (including music and dance) by prior arrangement which makes the venue a very creative place to visit.

The funding application from Mansfield Museum was strong enough for the Heritage Lottery Fund to award it a first round pass, meaning that it displays the potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for money for the Heritage Lottery Fund.

There is more to do, as Liz Weston from the museum explains,

“We are now clear of all the initial application procedures. The Heritage Lottery Fund is prepared to back our ideas but require us to submit detailed plans by September of how they would be achieved.

To help us do this they are making available a substantial amount of money. We will use this to consult with some of the best people in the business for advice on how to turn our vision into a clear framework for making our hopes into reality.”

To stay in touch with progress on the Arcade redevelopment, check out the Mansfield Museum website. The next update will be available at the beginning of February.

Posted on 11 January 2012
Featured author: Dale Web Marketing Officer

A Mansfield lad who likes reading, running and red wine.

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