The Craven Museum and Exhibition Gallery based in Skipton Town Hall in North Yorkshire will be transformed as part of a three-year, £1.5m ($2.1m) project to turn it into a cultural hub.
The money will come from a National Lottery grant and will be used to revamp the museum’s research facilities and store as well as launch new education programs. Its collections will also be made available online as part of a new digital cataloguing scheme.
Councillor Simon Myers, from Craven District Council, told the Yorkshire Post: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been offered this support thanks to National Lottery players.
“Our plans for the redevelopment of Craven Museum and the historic Town Hall in which it resides will not only enable more of our community and visitors to access the Craven Museum collections, but will include signposting back out across the district to all of the other fantastic heritage attractions and sites of interest, providing a true cultural hub for Craven.”
Craven Museum was first established in 1928 by a group of local collectors. It is now run by Craven District Council and located in Skipton Town Hall. Visitors can find displays of social history, archaeology, costume and art, including the Skipton Shakespeare First Folio – one of only four First Folios on permanent display around the world.
The exhibition gallery on the ground floor shows a changing program of exhibitions related to heritage and the arts.
Image: c. Roger Templeman.