Weston Museum has been successful with a bid to the Coastal Revival Fund and has been granted £50,000 towards the development of the new Temporary Exhibition Gallery.
During the HLF/museum refurbishment project there are plans develop a secure exhibition gallery, meeting the requirements of the National Security Advisory Team with cabinets and movable walling systems to create a flexible space allowing, for the first time, the local community and visitors to Weston to experience high quality touring exhibitions.
Working in partnership with the South West Heritage Trust (SWHT), planning for the exhibitions will take place a year in advance. Exhibits will include the exploration of the 70,000 item strong North Somerset Council collections (the vast majority of which is not able to be displayed currently) and from collections of local and national museums.
The funds from the Coastal Revival Fund will contribute towards the cost of the display cabinets required to meet the National Indemnity Standards, which lending museum require in order to allow a touring exhibition to be displayed.
The Town Council would like to thank North Somerset Council for their support in applying to the Coastal Revival Fund and for the chance to create such a high quality exhibition space. By offering attractive, high-quality exhibitions at the museum, the Town Council will help to drive forward an ambitious programme to regenerate the town centre, which North Somerset Council is working on with its partners. The opportunity for residents and visitors to see high quality museum exhibits right in the heart of the town centre will expand Weston’s cultural offer and help the town to develop as an attractive place to live and spend leisure time.
Town Clerk, Malcolm Nicholson said “this is brilliant news and is national recognition that we will have a first class museum in Weston that can help support the town economy. We are grateful to the Coastal Revival Fund and North Somerset Council for their support.”