Town’s mu­se­ums set to ben­e­fit from fund­ing grants

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

MAC­CLES­FIELD’S mu­se­ums are set to re­ceive almost £100,000 after se­cur­ing fund­ing from a pair of dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The town’s Silk Her­itage Trust is in line to scoop £93,000 from Cheshire East Coun­cil and the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

The trust runs four mu­se­ums in the town: The Silk Mu­seum, The Old Sun­day School, West Park Mu­seum and Par­adise Mill, and will use the money to im­prove its cur­rent struc­ture by ex­tend­ing the con­tract of its di­rec­tor, cre­at­ing the post of col­lec­tions man­ager and de­velop the post of vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor.

The cash boost will also fund the pro­duc­tion of de­tailed business and ac­tion plans in relation to gov­er­nance, po­ten­tial com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties and part­ner­ships.

Sue Hughes, mu­seum di­rec­tor, said: “This fund­ing will support the strate­gic de­vel­op­ment of the Trust and in­flu­ence its ac­tion plan­ning, en­sur­ing it is re­silient in the fu­ture, pro­vid­ing an or­gan­i­sa­tion which pre­serves and in­ter­prets Mac­cles­field’s rich her­itage for all to be proud of.”

In 2014, the trust de­liv­ered a suc­cess­ful Her­itage Lot­tery funded project in part­ner­ship with the Barn­aby Fes­ti­val. It also opened a re­fur­bished spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion gallery at the Silk Mu­seum.

Mac­cles­field MP David Rutley said: “This fund­ing is re­ally good news and an im­por­tant vote of con­fi­dence in the Silk Her­itage Trust. It will en­able clear ac­tion plans to be de­vel­oped that will help our mu­se­ums to more fully cel­e­brate Mac­cles­field’s rich her­itage to both lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors from fur­ther afield.”

And the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for lo­cal­ism and en­force­ment, Coun Les Gil­bert, said the money would help support the town’s her­itage sta­tus.

He said: “The coun­cil is very pleased to be able to support the trust in this tran­si­tional phase of de­vel­op­ment. We are con­fi­dent that by work­ing to­gether we will be able to se­cure a pos­i­tive and ex­cit­ing fu­ture for Mac­cles­field’s im­por­tant and fas­ci­nat­ing her­itage.”

●» Jessica Sharp­ley from Peaks & Plains, SMILE’s Ruth Eglin and Natalie Nut­tall, and Tracy Collins, the man­ager at Hurds­field Chil­dren’s Cen­tre

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