Mu­seum set for re­vamp

Sunderland Echo - - News - By So­phie Brown­son so­phie.brown­[email protected]­me­ Twit­ter: @SBrown­sonJPI

One of Sun­der­land’s top at­trac­tions is set to be re­vamped af­ter se­cur­ing a £156,000 grant.

Sun­der­land Mu­seum, Li­brary and Win­ter Gar­dens, is to get a new learn­ing and per­for­mance space to bring its mu­seum col­lec­tions to life and at­tract new vis­i­tors.

The Depart­ment for Dig­i­tal, Cul­ture, Me­dia & Sport (DCMS) and the Wolf­son Foun­da­tion has pro­vided the fund­ing to Sun­der­land City Coun­cil.

Work is ex­pected to start in May and will be com­pleted in the au­tumn.

Coun John Kelly, Port­fo­lio Holder for Com­mu­ni­ties and Cul­ture, said: “We’re de­lighted to have been awarded this fund­ing by the DCMS and the Wolf­son Foun­da­tion to help us in our long term aim of im­prov­ing and de­vel­op­ing the Mu­seum, Li­brary and Win­ter Gar­dens.

“Mu­se­ums have to keep evolv­ing and im­prov­ing if they want to at­tract new vis­i­tors and to keep peo­ple com­ing back time af­ter time.

“That’s why the coun­cil has in­vested in im­prove­ments in re­cent months with the trans­for­ma­tion of the shop and re­cep­tion area to make them more open and invit­ing, and has pledged to con­tinue de­vel­op­ing the mu­seum.

“The new en­hanced space funded by this award will be fan­tas­tic for the build­ing.

“It will al­low us to work with part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions to de­velop ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for peo­ple of all ages from school groups, fam­i­lies and chil­dren to older peo­ple. “

Keith Mer­rin, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Sun­der­land Cul­ture, said: “Sun­der­land Mu­seum, Li­brary and Win­ter Gar­dens is one of the top five most vis­ited at­trac­tions in North East Eng­land.

“Se­cur­ing ex­ter­nal fund­ing for each phase of the im­prove­ment works is paramount and will help to en­sure the con­tin­ued suc­cess of this im­por­tant com­mu­nity as­set.”

This is the thir­teenth round of a joint fund which DCMS runs in part­ner­ship with the Wolf­son Foun­da­tion to help mu­se­ums and gal­leries across Eng­land to de­liver projects.

Sun­der­land Mu­seum, Li­brary and Win­ter Gar­den.

The Win­ter Gar­den.

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