Lottery funding for Weald and Downland Museum

Weald building collection copyright Weald and Downland Museum
Weald building collection copyright Weald and Downland Museum

A POPULAR historic museum has scooped £250,000 worth of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for new development.

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Singleton has been awarded the money for a new refectory, visitors’ centre and learning pavilion. The plans also involve relocating one of the museum’s medieval houses.

Museum director, Richard Pailthorpe said the project was about establishing a strong relationship with the South Downs National Park Authority, attracting new audiences, and developing community participation.

“We want to improve the way we tell the history of our buildings and the stories of the people that lived in them even better than we do now,” he said.

“It is vitally important that we address the sustainability of the museum now to safeguard it’s future, and that we ensure the museum retains its national reputation as a centre for excellence in the museum and heritage sector.”