Loughborough Echo

Cash boost as council seeks to ring the changes at Carillon


A PROJECT to improve the visitor experience at Loughborou­gh’s iconic Carillon Tower is preparing to enter the next phase.

The project, which involves Charnwood Borough Council, Loughborou­gh War Memorial Museum Trust and Charnwood Arts, was awarded £13,500 from Arts Council England due to a successful bid for grant funding earlier this year.

Part of the funding has now been used to appoint Vertigo Creative, a Leicesterb­ased design company to help develop costed design ideas for a revamp of the museum rooms in the Tower.

These designs will then be used to develop a further funding applicatio­n to help bring them to fruition.

As part of this process, the project have launched a consultati­on aimed at all the target audiences of the Carillon Tower, including schools, community groups, young people and local families. The consultati­on will give a clear view of what kind of themes, objects and stories visitors would like to see explored in the new displays.

The consultati­on is available online at https://bit.ly/ CarillonCo­nsultation. The deadline for submission­s is Friday, December 31. All responses are anonymous, and will be used solely for the purposes of the project.

The tower and the museum is currently closed to visitors while funding is secured to make improvemen­ts inside.

Councillor Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborou­gh, said: “We are entering an exciting new phase in this project, and I can’t wait to see what designs Vertigo Creative come up with. It will also be fascinatin­g to hear from residents of Charnwood and fans of the museum to find out what stories they would like to see told.

“The Carillon Tower is a mustvisit attraction in the town and this project will ensure that it continues to be an amazing cultural experience for visitors for years to come.”

Mel Gould, of the Loughborou­gh Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum Trust, said: “It is great to see this project picking up pace, and everyone involved is eager to see the designs from Vertigo Creative.

“I hope that many Charnwood residents take part in the consultati­on as their ideas and expectatio­ns are important to us.

“The Carillon will be 100 years old in 2023, so what better way can we celebrate that anniversar­y than taking our visitors on a tour of the new-look museum.”

To discover more about the Loughborou­gh Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum, visit www.carillonto­wer.org.uk.

It will be fascinatin­g to hear from residents to find out what stories they would like to see told.

County councillor Jenny Bokor

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