Town’s museums set to benefit from funding grants
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.”
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