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.

The Whitaker is enjoyed by thousands of local people each year and we are delighted to work with the Whitaker Organisation on these exciting plans. When the extension is completed we hope the museum will attract even more visitors from inside and outside the borough and further reinforce Rossendale’s reputation as a cultural destination
— Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Council
We’ve been working towards this for a long time and it’s a great chance for us and the whole of Rossendale. We’ve started to canvass opinion across the valley; and have been working tirelessly across the past year to create the next stage of our future.
— Carl Bell, Managing Director The Whitaker Group
 Proposed North West Elevation

Proposed North West Elevation

The Whitaker Heritage Lottery Fund
 Artist Impression of developed site

Artist Impression of developed site

The Whitaker Heritage Lottery Fund

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. 

The Whitaker heritage lottery fund