Plans to dramatically improve St Barbe Museum in Lymington have been boosted by a donation from New Forest District Council.
NFDC has agreed to donate £65,000 towards the £2.3 million project to transform the museum building in New Street, Lymington, which will dramatically improve what the museum offers local people and tourists.
This latest donation comes just three months after the Heritage Lottery Fund confirmed a grant of £1.78 million and brings the council-owned museum a large step closer to raising the remaining funds: £545,000 is currently being raised from charitable trusts and foundations, local authorities and the generosity of individuals.
For 15 years St Barbe has kept alive the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest coast. It has established a reputation as one of the finest museums and art galleries in the region.
Under the plans, the museum will upgrade its art gallery, provide visitors with an improved café and install an enhanced entrance. A new public archive will also be created to give the public both physical and on-line access to local history collections for the first time.
The decision to give the scheme a £65,000 grant was taken at a meeting of the district council’s ruling cabinet. A report to members said: “By extending the facility the St Barbe Trust will have more space to display a wider selection of their 18,000 items. The trust believes it will increase visitor numbers from 29,000 to more than 40,000 and improve their financial resilience.”
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