Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is awarded a £248,276 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to strengthen community engagement and long term sustainability.

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £248,276 for an exciting heritage project, ‘strengthening our foundations; building our future’. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to develop the volunteer team to represent a more diverse volunteer base and undertake essential work towards developing an environmentally sustainable building, reducing running costs and preparing for future development of the museum.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will bring huge benefits to the museum by helping to build organisational resilience by reducing electricity usage and costs, and increasing the number of volunteers. The project will also progress longer term plans to redevelop the museum in order to make it fit for purpose, and to become financially sustainable in the long term.

Tiverton Museum is a vibrant, award winning museum which provides extensive displays on local history and a lively events programme, including talks, guided walks and temporary exhibitions. The museum is also extremely family friendly and offers holiday activities, toddler sessions and themed days on top of the explorer backpacks, play areas and quizzes that are always on offer. The museum is much loved by the local community, and welcomes many local schools who enjoy the workshops and handling collections on offer. Part of this project will involve the recruitment of more volunteers from the local community, who will also be trained to learn new skills, to help deliver all of the museum’s services.

Commenting on the award, Pippa Griffith, Museum Director said: “We are so thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players. This project is essential to the museum’s future, enabling us to be being in a better position to withstand ongoing challenges presented by soaring running costs and plan for the future development of the museum.”