Heritage Centre gets go ahead to expand its railway museum
Boost for Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage
MOUNTSORREL and Rothley Community Heritage Centre has been granted planning permission to extend its popular railway museum.
Built by community volunteers to encourage visitors to learn about local history and wildlife, the not-for-profit heritage centre has gone from strength to strength since opening in March 2016 and now attracts more than 123,000 visitors a year.
And now an appeal has been launched to find the £18,000 needed to make the museum extension a reality.
The total cost of the project is £50,000 and £17,500 has been donated already. If £18,000 can be found in donations by the end of the year they can claim match funding in gift .
Heritage Centre managing director Steve Cramp said: “It’s been wonderful to see so many visitors learning whilst they are enjoying themselves. We are always striving to introduce new areas of interest with more to see and do.
“There are some wonderful exhibits to see in the railway museum, such as a railway coach built in 1888 that would have run on the nearby Great Central Railway. We have struggled for space to care for and restore the exhibits though.
“Sanding down and painting means that the museum exhibits get dusty and it is difficult for us to attract the really high-profile exhibits visitors would like to see.
“We are very fortunate to have a donor who has promised to match fund all donations that are received up until the end of the year!
“This means that every pound donated is worth two pounds to the project!
If we can claim gift aid on the donation then that also doubles as well.
“It’s free to visit the Heritage Centre so we hope that the public will support our appeal and allow the extension to be built as soon as possible.”
The extension will see the railway museum building increase in size by over 50 per cent. The new area created will form a dedicated restoration space separate from the exhibit display area, creating almost double the space for exhibits to be displayed to the public.
De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) interior design students will be designing the museum space.
Steve added: “Not only will this allow the exhibits to be displayed as effectively DMU students as possible, to gain it experience will also help of real design projects and to see their designs come to life.” Nicky Harding, senior lecturer with DMU’s Interior Design programme said: “It will be wonderful to be able to work with the Heritage Centre volunteers on both this project and the interior design for the centre’s upcoming Discovery Education Building.
“These opportunities help to give our students valuable experience, which helps to increase their employment opportunities when they graduate.”
Further details of how to donate can be found at the Heritage Centre website http://heritage-centre.co.uk/news/railway-museum-extension
Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre’s railway museum.