The redevelopment of a community-run museum in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland, is among the projects to benefit from the latest round of funding from the Wolfson Foundation.
The Strathnaver Museum has been awarded £75,000 for a program which includes refurbishing the existing museum, creating exhibition and workshop space, installing accessible interpretation throughout the site and delivering projects community research. The organization had already raised over £2million.
“The Strathnaver Museum stands at an exciting crossroads, where our vision for a renovated facility offers the opportunity for the museum to secure the future of our important historic building and reinvent its place in the community by expanding the services we can offer,” said Tom Mackay. , the president of the museum.
The capital funding program includes support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Museum Galleries Scotland.
Also in Scotland, Dundee Heritage Trust has received £300,000 for new galleries at the Discovery Point Museum. The venue focuses on RRS Discovery, the Dundee-built ship that took explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica in 1901.
Other projects that will receive funding from the Wolfson Foundation include plans to create a gigantic gallery at the Ipswich Museum. It is part of a wider £8.7million program to redevelop the Suffolk site. The revamp will add a gallery and education space, a new café and shop and improved toilets, as well as the reinterpretation of Ipswich Museum’s collections, including its extensive collection of world cultures.
The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library in Preston has been awarded £200,000 for its redevelopment. The £10.7million ‘Reimagining the Harris’ project also has support from the Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, among others.
Exeter Cathedral has been awarded £400,000 by the Wolfson Foundation for a restoration project and the creation of a gallery of treasures.
Derry City and Strabane District Council has received £150,000 to support plans for a new maritime museum and archives centre. Also in Northern Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast has been awarded £475,000 for a new home for the Seamus Heaney Centre.
The National Gallery in London received £1million for a gallery renovation, while the Salisbury Museum received £100,000 for a renovation and interpretation project.
The Wolfson Foundation has given the National Railway Museum £400,000 to redevelop the Locomotion Museum in Shildon, County Durham.
Paul Ramsbottom, CEO of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “Museums and galleries are at the center of our cultural life. In addition to preserving historic collections that illuminate the past in fascinating ways, they are at the heart of their communities: places to connect and learn, and places that enhance well-being. We are delighted to support institutions in all parts of the UK, granting almost £30 million to museums and galleries in the past decade alone.