Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Museum to move to shopping centre?

08:53 12 April 2013

Weston Views. Weston Museum, Burlington St.

Weston Views. Weston Museum, Burlington St.


THE Sovereign Shopping Centre could provide a temporary home for the town’s museum when it is closed for refurbishment next year.

The site is one of a number of locations proposed to provide a temporary home for Weston Museum when it shuts for building work in 2014.

The Blakehay theatre, the Winter Gardens and the old library have all been mooted as other possibilities, although a final decision has not been made.

Weston Town Council is required to keep a small collection open to the public while the museum is closed for refurbishment, as part of an agreement to help fund the project.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gave the museum £73,000 in December to help it apply for the second part of its grant process, which could earn the Burlington Street attraction £750,000.

The town council has also promised to set aside £100,000, with the renovations set to provide new exhibition spaces, display cabinets and electronics. Asbestos removal and a lift installation are also planned.

Conditions of the HLF grant mean the museum must maintain a small public exhibition throughout the work, otherwise it is not eligible to receive the funding.

Clerk Malcolm Nicholson said the renovation work is expected to start in early-to-mid 2014, with the work estimated to take 12-18 months.

Richard Bellamy, head of the HLF South West, said: “This is a great project which, if successful at the second round, will transform Weston Museum for future visitors and let as many people as possible enjoy its amazing heritage collections.”

Related articles


Other News Stories

10 minutes ago
Student supplies

HEADTEACHERS from schools in North Somerset have warned of the ‘inevitable’ consequences of education cuts, saying class sizes will increase and teaching jobs will be cut.

Read more
39 minutes ago
Care Quality Commission

A CARE home for people with mental health problems in Weston-super-Mare needs to be safer and more responsive according to a healthcare watchdog – but the home’s staff were praised for their caring attitude.

Read more
The Cove.

A RESTAURANT in Weston-super-Mare which specialises in fish dishes has been recognised for its consistently high standard of cooking.

Read more
The Small Business Saturday coach will be in Weston-super-Mare today (Thursday),

NORTH Somerset Council is being asked to support a grassroots business campaign by providing free parking in Weston-super-Mare for one day next month.

Read more
Pupils at work in the new S.T.E.M. classroom.

A WESTON-SUPER-MARE primary school has a brand new laboratory thanks to a project designed to get children excited about science.

Read more

VILLAGERS in Yatton should be prepared to accept future housing development despite the introduction of a neighbourhood plan, it has been warned.

Read more

A DOMESTIC abuse survivors’ handbook, written by ‘courageous’ victims, is being handed out in Weston-super-Mare today (Thursday) to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Read more

A NORTH Somerset primary school will have to have a ‘major’ extension if a housing development goes ahead to cope with the increased demand.

Read more
Will Jeffries Authentic

A WESTON company is hosting a business workshop in the unusual surroundings of the Grand Pier.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:00
Weston Team 32

A Group of three young people have been given an award from the Prince’s Trust.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Search for a job in Weston

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications