Work set to start in January next year after trust secures final piece of funding jigsaw.
A major extension of the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is set to start in January next year.
The £1.8million project was given planning permission in March but the work was only conformed this week with a ‘permission to start’ notice from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The HLF is funding £868,100, with £500,000 from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund, £250,000 from North Devon Council, and £37,000 from the Arts Council.
The brick extension will give the museum 75 per cent more display space, a learning room, new shop and improved kitchen area.
Nerys Watts, head of HLF South West, said: “For nearly 130 years, this museum has been open to the public, telling the story of North Devon – from arts and manufacture to social history and ordinary moments captured on film.
“Now, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the museum has taken another crucial step towards transforming the way people can access their heritage, with an outreach programme and the creation of space for community activities set to make the museum an even more valuable part of North Devon life.”
A further £205,100 has been raised by the museum’s development trust through grants and fundraising, including £50,000 from Fullabrook CIC; £75,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation; £25,000 from the Foyle Foundation; and £5,000 from project patrons Brend Hotels and Philip J Milton & Company.
The trust is just £6,000 short of its target but plans to underwrite the amount and to continue fundraising so as not to hold the project up.
North Devon Council’s executive member for culture, Councillor Dick Jones, said all the funding was in place and the extension project could now begin.
“This is absolutely brilliant news. Getting funding for a project like this is a really complicated process and the team should be very proud of what they have achieved.”
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