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Emergency lifeline for museum

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Emergency lifeline for museum

By timesecholife on in All News, Uttoxeter news

AN EMERGENCY grant will help Uttoxeter’s museum embark on a series of projects to help it get through the coronavirus crisis. National Lottery’s Heritage Emergency Fund has allocated £12,600 to the museum, allowing curator Gordon Collins to return from furlough.

The cash will also be used to provide PPE and create a virtual tour of Uttoxeter’s town centre using 360 degree photography as well as using virtual technology to make the museum as accessible as possible.

The museum has been closed since the beginning of lockdown, although it has recently been possible to open up the courtyard and gift shop. The museum was the beneficiary of previous National Lottery Heritage Fund support with a project that saw the building extended and refurbished with new displays charting the history of the town.

It reopened in 2019 and had been preparing for a second full year of operation with a series of walks, talks and events which were all cancelled due to the lockdown.

Janet Dean, Chair of Uttoxeter Heritage Trust said: “These are difficult times for everyone, and we are grateful to the National Lottery for their further support for Redfern’s Cottage, Museum of Uttoxeter Life. We can now look at ways to make the museum accessible to local people. I’m also grateful for the support of volunteers and the many people who have supported us.”

The museum will be sharing progress and activities via its social media channels.

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