A major public appeal to support the £1 million redevelopment of a Sheffield museum has been launched.
Pupils from Totley Primary and Angram Bank Primary in High Green were among the first to back the campaign for Weston Park Museum.
Its ambitious redevelopment aims to revamp the museum’s art and archaeology galleries and inspire new displays about Sheffield’s wildlife or history.
Funding worth almost £800,000 has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, charitable trusts and foundations.
And now museum bosses are hoping visitors and businesses will help to smash their total target through the I Love My Museum appeal.
Fundraising events are planned this year and people are also urged to make donations.
Museum bosses have also calculated how money raised could help, such as £45 to repair a set of 1950s football boots donated by Walkley-born Thomas Moore, who wore them playing for Sheffield FC.
Another £95 would preserve a 3,500-year-old Bronze Age canoe found near the River Don, making it safe to display.
Kim Streets, chief executive of Museums Sheffield, said millions of visitors had been to Weston Park since it reopened in 2006.
She added: “Every pound we raise will improve the museum and allow us to tell more of Sheffield’s story.
“Whether it’s making us the charity for the fun run you’ve signed up for, coming to one of our special events, or a putting a couple of pounds in the donation box, we need your support to help build a bright future.”
n Visit www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/ilovemymuseum or text SHEF001 to 70970 to donate £5.