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Mansfield Museum wins £23,000 funding for gallery

Mansfield Museum is celebrating after being given the green light by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop their plans to re-develop the Arcade (the long, newer gallery leading from the Museum entrance to the original building).

This would focus on displays highlighting the town's industrial heritage and would feature sections on Metal Box, Mansfield Brewery, Mining, Shoe Co. as well as smaller scale activities.

This HLF first-round pass*, including £23,000 of development funding, means that the Mansfield Museum can progress the plans to apply for a full grant in autumn 2012.

Liz Weston, Museum and Art Gallery Curator, is keen to stress that there is still much to do before the full grant is bestowed: "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."

Emma Sayer, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: "We at the Heritage Lottery Fund are pleased to support Mansfield Museum and bring their vision a step-closer to reality. This project has the potential to transform the museum revitalising the existing galleries and public spaces and offering new opportunities for visitors from near and far to enjoy these fascinating collections. There is still work to be done in developing the project but HLF will be offering their full support in taking their application further."

Updates on the Arcade redevelopment project will be included in Museum's newsletter, Museum Scene, which is available from Mansfield Museum, the Civic Centre and Watermeadows or visit http://www.mansfield.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3387 The next edition will be out at the beginning of February.

Further information

*A first-round pass means the project meets our criteria for funding and we believe it has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a first-round pass is an endorsement of outline proposals. Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award.

On occasion an applicant with a first-round pass will also be awarded development funding towards the development of their scheme.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects allocating £4.7billion across the UK including £528million in North West alone. Website: www.hlf.org.uk

Published 10 January 2012

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