Work will begin later this year to transform Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. A new cafe, toilets and display cases will be added and the leaky roof fixed.
The project was made possible thanks to a grant of £1.7 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.A new gallery will also be created for the Mountain Heritage Trust to display its nationally important collection.
Allerdale and Town Councillor, Martin Pugmire said:
– Martin Pugmire
"This wonderful award will enable a much loved local museum that has had huge support from local people to open all year and will complete the renaissance of Fitz Park. This began with the development of the Lottery funded destination play area and continued with the recently completed community multi use games area.”
Keswick Museum was built in 1898 and the enhancement project will bring the Arts and Crafts style building into the 21st century whilst retaining the charm and character of a Victorian museum.The award from the Heritage Lottery Fund is 83% of the total cost of £2,168,000. Allerdale Borough Council has committed £290,000 to the development and the project is also part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.
Commenting on the award Tricia Kerr, chair of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery Ltd, said:
– Tricia Kerr
“We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given this award. Many people have been working for a long time so that the museum can become self-sustaining and the provision of a café, shop and education facilities will provide the income needed to run the museum. It will hopefully mean that we will not be reliant just on the local authority for funding in the future.”