Heritage lottery funding: The story so far
So its been quite a while a now since news first broke early last year that The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, were successful in securing an initial £100k Heritage Lottery Fund bid to develop plans to extend the museum into the barn, stables and yard next door. which at the time were being used by Rossendale Council.
The £100k funding was secured to help develop the project ahead of a larger bid, to carry out the work – all made possible by National Lottery players.
Rossendale council have been working closely with us on the project which, should we win the next round, will include extra space for exhibitions and educational offers linked to history, art and culture.
On receipt of the initial funding, The Whitaker appointed Manchester based Architects 'Day Architectural Ltd', giving them a clear brief for the scheme, which can be summarised as follows:
- Create an exciting family friendly space which will both extend the exhibition and storage space available to the museum. A flexible adaptable space, which has many functions to allow the spaces to be used in many ways.
- Incorporate facilities for community training space and educational facilities by providing a flexible adaptable space which can be used by all and at the same time showcase some of the museums heritage, arts and crafts pieces.
- Incorporate a café area, which will attract people who are visiting the museum, passers-by and small gathering of groups on a regular basis. The café will be at the heart of the new scheme offering high quality baked goods and fresh coffee, which will be worth a short walk through the park.
- Incorporate better use of the adjoining courtyard areas and close surroundings, our scheme uses the courtyard as together. The courtyard is under utilised and by simple interventions will bring this delightful space back to full use.
- Creating a contemporary space and feel ‘sitting’ in a Historical setting is important and something that the Civic showcase how the simple use of traditional materials used in an innovate way can complement the setting of the existing brick and stone museum buildings and garden walls.
Across recent months there have been a number of public consolations regarding the project with the next on being held on Wednesday 25th July from 2 - 4 pm here at the Whitaker.