Major £700,000 grant for Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum

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Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum has been given an ‘early Christmas present’ of a £700,000 grant, it is revealed today.

The cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used to transform public areas in the museum and create new infrastructure so displays can be changed more frequently.

In particular it means that Sheffield’s archaeological finds, sporting history and stunning photographs of the city’s topography will get more of a show.

Kim Streets, chief executive of Museums Sheffield, said it was hoped that the changes would attract a ‘new generation’ to the museum as well as offering more to regular visitors.

She added: “We have some fantastic panaromic photographs of Sheffield which will get a new home and that is something we had been asked for, people just love them.

“These displays tell the story of Sheffield and the world and it is important they are out there.

“It is an early Christmas present really.”

The £697,000 grant will support a £1 million plan to transform public areas in the museum, which reopened in 2006 following a major redevelopment.

That work also involved HLF funding totalling £17 million.

A final phase of fundraising for the new scheme is to take place in the new year with work to begin in late 2015. Then the galleries will be unveiled in October 2016.

Fiona Spiers, head of Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire, said: “We are very pleased to continue our support for Weston Park’s plans to bring more of Sheffield’s heritage to more people.

“Relaunching the museum with its new exhibition spaces in October 2016 will be an enriching experience for residents and visitors alike.”