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Newbury Berkshire: Funding Pledge for Museum Project

Funding Pledge for Museum Project

West Berkshire Museum is celebrating another step forward in its redevelopment plans following a pledge of £40,000 from the Headley Trust.

The Headley Trust is one of 18 grant-making trusts established by three generations of the Sainsbury family. The award is conditional on a successful second round bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund which the Council will be submitting next March.
Hilary Cole, West Berkshire Executive Councillor for Culture and Leisure said: "This is excellent news for the Museum redevelopment project. We are very grateful to the Headley Trust for pledging such a significant amount that will help us to create a fantastic new facility."
The Museum's architects, Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams Ltd of Manchester, will complete design proposals by the end of the year for a new building to house a visitor welcome area and resource centre. The project will also include restoration of the historic Cloth Hall and Corn Stores, which will house new exhibition spaces. It is intended that much more of the collection of around 100,000 items will be on display than in the past.
Public consultation on the plans will take place in early autumn, when the architects and museum designers will outline their proposals. In the meantime the Museum remains closed as staff and over 30 volunteers carefully check and pack objects for storage during the much needed refurbishment.


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