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:
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: