Funding for museum project falling into place

Posted on: 4 November 2016

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon’s extension project has taken an exciting step forward, following positive news from a major funder.

The museum has been successful in the first stage of its bid to the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF). The museum has now moved to the second stage of the CCF application process, which will involve submitting further detailed plans to secure £500,000. The total project cost is £1.8m and involves building an extension on the Long Bridge side of the existing museum building.

The Big Lottery’s Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. If the museum is successful in its application, it will also open up opportunities for funding from other sources.

Earlier this year, the museum was awarded over £69,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund which, alongside match-funding from the Museum Development Trust and existing museum budgets, has been used to cover the costs of the development phase of the project. North Devon Council has committed £250,000 to the project, which will be released if match-funding from other partners is secured. The Museum Development Trust will also be launching a fundraising campaign to gain support locally.

Next week, archaeologists will begin digging in the garden of the museum and the area between the Long Bridge and existing museum building. These investigation trenches are being excavated prior to the submission of the museum’s planning application and are necessary for any building project in such a historically sensitive area.

Executive Member responsible for leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “I’m really pleased to hear the museum has been invited to submit an application to the CCF. If the bid is successful it will be a significant step towards raising the necessary funds for this exciting and ambitious project. The plans for the extension look fantastic and seeing the archaeologists working onsite next week will bring home how close we are to delivering the museum that Barnstaple deserves.”

It is hoped a copy of the proposed plans and a scale model of the extension will be on display in the museum in the next couple of weeks. The public will be invited to comment on the plans and help shape the design and use of the new gallery when these are on display.

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