BCP Council has been awarded initial support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Poole Museum project ‘Our Museum: Rediscovering Poole’s Maritime Heritage.’
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded funding of £325,300 raised by National Lottery players. This funding will help the museum to develop the project plans in more detail and apply for a full grant of £2.4 million in Spring 2021.
The project aims to create an inspiring cultural attraction for Poole which features cutting-edge digital interpretations and new public facilities which will transform visitor experience. The project is costing £3.3 million and with the National Lottery grant it will enable a conservation of an internationally important historic building, a display of the Museum’s unique collection of four ancient vessels and the creation of new spaces for local people and visitors to enjoy.
Councillor Mark Howell, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Culture at BCP council said: “This is very exciting news for Poole. Poole Museum’s audiences have doubled since its last redevelopment in 2007 and they have outgrown their existing spaces and facilities. This project will enable the museum to meet the growing demand and build on its success in a sustainable way.”
The museum will provide new opportunities for learning
The museum will work with the community and universities across the region to create new spaces including a maritime gallery to share Poole’s remarkable maritime heritage. The project will also provide new opportunities for learning and hands-on interaction.
Councillor Mark Howell added: “The National Lottery grant will also enable the restoration and reveal of the magnificent Poole Wool Hall, one of the most important medieval port buildings in Europe. When the project is completed Poole Museum will be a flagship for regeneration in the area and the catalyst for the development of a vibrant Quay quarter.”
For more information visit the BCP’s website.