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Lottery funds for St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a £2million major upgrade of facilities.

Improvements will include a new easily accessible public archive, interactive displays and a new entrance to the building.

The old school building will also be re-designed internally to make good use of all the space available, the shop will be improved and an attractive café area will be established.
The project ‘The Future of St. Barbe – Innovative, Inclusive, Resilient’ will create new ways of telling the stories of the people and events that have shaped the area from pre-history to modern day.

Initial development funding of £146,800 has been awarded  by HLF to help St. Barbe move forward with its exciting plans and apply for a full grant at a later date.

Consultation, planning and fundraising has now begun and will continue until 2015 when the museum will apply for the second round of HLF Funding. Building work is scheduled for 2016 and the new shape St. Barbe will be launched in 2017.

Mark Tomlinson, Director of St. Barbe, said: “Today’s news from HLF is exciting for all residents of the New Forest. People of all ages, with all interests, will be able to enjoy our new upgraded facilities. What is unique about this project is that it will combine art and heritage and local people will participate to create a fresh, dynamic approach to museum displays. It will keep you wanting to come back time and again.”