Dorset

Wimborne's Priest's House Museum awarded £145,000 for revamp

Priest's House Museum Image copyright Priest's House Museum

A Grade II* listed museum in Dorset has been awarded £145,200 of Heritage Lottery Funding in a bid to support a major refurbishment.

Plans for the £1.6m project at Wimborne's Priest's House Museum include enlarging its exhibition area.

The town's Tourist Information Centre would also be included in the building.

The museum has until September next year to finalise detailed plans and submit an application to the lottery for a further £982,200.

It houses a collection of Verwood pottery, 350 Valentine's Day cards from the late-Georgian to mid-Victorian period, as well as archaeological artefacts from a Romano-British villa site in Tarrant Hinton.

The proposals also include developing its schools programme and making the building more accessible to all.

David Morgan, chairman of the museum trust, said it aimed to be "a centre of education and culture, continually changing its displays and appealing to children as well as to adults".

He added the trust intended to raise the additional £472,600 needed for the project through donations and grants from other trusts and foundations.

If the museum secures all the required funding it plans to open the refurbished museum by 2019.

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