Museum to get makeover

Weston Park Museum, Sheffield
Weston Park Museum, Sheffield
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Plans to transform Sheffield’s Weston Park museum are a step closer thanks to a cash boost.

Museums Sheffield has secured £50,000 towards a redesign of its galleries and displays, along with an expansion of exhibitions, from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The grant marks the first milestone in the redevelopment project, entitled Weston Park: A Bright Future.

Bosses will enter the second stage of the funding process for the remainder of the £697,000 needed to fund the scheme next year.

Kim Streets, chief executive of Museums Sheffield, said: “This is fantastic news for Sheffield. Weston Park is a great example of a museum which works for its community.”

Weston Park museum underwent a £17 million makeover funded by Heritage Lottery in 2006.

Since then it has continued to attract a high number of visitors, but Museums Sheffield says it is now in need of improvements to public-facing areas.

Ms Streets added: “Much has been achieved since 2006. It’s now time to take stock of the lessons we’ve learnt, build on that success, and ensure the museum is fit to delight and inspire visitors for another 10 years.”

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture, said: “I am delighted Museums Sheffield has been successful in the first phase.

“Weston Park is one of the city’s most popular museums and the proposed redesign will make it even better.

“The council is committed to our partnership and funding of Museums Sheffield and I wish the team well in the next stage of the funding round.”

The project includes proposals to showcase more of Sheffield’s archaeology, natural sciences, social history and visual art collections. One of the aims is to encourage more young people to connect with the city’s rich heritage.

If funding is given the green light, work will begin on the museum in 2015.