Museum receives £50k for new café and shop

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 August 2016

Weston Museum.

Weston Museum.

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A grant of £52,200 will be used as part of Weston Museum’s refurbishment to ensure the site will ‘stand the test of time’.

One of the designs for the museum (Picture: Imagemakers).One of the designs for the museum (Picture: Imagemakers).

Weston Town Council will receive the money from Arts Council England’s museum resilience fund to use towards the attraction’s new shop and café.

The museum, in Burlington Street in Weston-super-Mare, is currently undergoing a £1million refurbishment.

The building has now been stripped back to its bare bones, and the original walls and floors are being exposed to become a feature in the museum when it re-opens next year.

Site manager Adam Cashmore, from Weston contractors John West – which is carrying out the building work – told the Mercury about the attention to detail which goes into this kind of project.

This room used to house the old washing machines and is set to have its floor removed to form a double height room.This room used to house the old washing machines and is set to have its floor removed to form a double height room.

He said: “We have been asked to use the same holes for the nails because it is a listed building, and to keep the fabric of the building as much as possible.”

The staircases have now been removed, and the roof will be the next major step.

The glass panels will be taken out and replaced in the next couple of months.

The Arts Council funding will help the museum become more sustainable as a business.

It will have free entry when it re-opens, but the café and shop will be vital in keeping money coming in.

Town council clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “The town council is delighted with the recognition being given to the Weston Museum from the Arts Council.

“Its support is a vital part of the project to produce a refurbished museum which we are confident will be an asset to the town that will stand the test of time.”

* Click here to see how the museum looked ahead of the work.

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