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Refurbishment grant for Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

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The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough is getting a £500,000 refurbishment.

A new exhibition and education space will open next year - ahead of the 250th anniversary of the explorer's first voyage, which will be celebrated in 2018.

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The proposed works will see refurbishment of the Middlesbrough museum’s first floor, alongside the creation of a new temporary exhibition gallery within the main exhibition galleries.

The award – administered by Arts Council England – will also enable the development of new artefact, archive and handling collections and resources to enhance the museum’s existing Cook collections.

The works are expected to take place during the museum’s winter closure period, with completion in time for re-opening in April, 2017.

Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said:

We are always looking for ways to develop our museums to ensure they maintain regional significance, and this grant will enable an important upgrade to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.

The creation of a new interactive exhibition, educational upgrades and a revamp of key areas of the building will keep the museum fresh, relevant and attractive for visitors.”

– Councillor Lewis Young