We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded initial support* from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for our Salisbury Museum for Future Generations project.
This £4.4 million project will enable the museum to transform its displays and facilities – completing the work started with the National Lottery funded Wessex Gallery of archaeology in 2014. The museum will create new exhibitions dedicated to its outstanding collections of art, medieval archaeology, costume, ceramics and social history. There will be an extensive programme of capital works to restore and repurpose the Grade I listed medieval building. Alongside this the project will introduce a new and exciting programme of learning and engagement that will embed the museum in the local community.
Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded initial support and development funding of £429,400. This will enable the museum to develop the project plans in more detail and apply for a full grant of £3.2 million. The museum will have two years to raise £1.2 million in match funding from private individuals, trusts and foundations. An application for the full funding amount will be submitted in the summer of 2021.
Adrian Green, Director of Salisbury Museum said: ‘This is amazing news not only for the museum, but for the people of Salisbury. The City deserves an excellent museum for the local community. Its outstanding culture and heritage also needs to be presented to the wider world in an exciting and dynamic way’.
Susanna Denniston, Chair of Trustees for the Museum said: ‘This support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund offers powerful affirmation of the relevance of the museum, its collections and its heritage. It also affirms the importance of Salisbury’s regeneration as its cultural institutions work together to create a positive and inclusive reimagining of the city’s history and future.’
The museum is hugely grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Lottery players and our local partners for their support.
* The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant applications over £250,000 are assessed in two rounds. Salisbury Museum for Future Generations has initially been granted round one development funding of £429,400 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £3.2m