Museum secures £138k for makeover
PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 January 2015
A WESTON museum has been awarded £138,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund to restore a dilapidated historic structure.
The Helicopter Museum won the cash boost to improve its facilities, and the old aircraft control tower is set to receive a new lease of life with the money.
It is hoped the work will create 16 jobs as new events are created and the historical records research and display work expands.
Chairman of the museum’s trustees, Elfan Ap Rees, said: “We are delighted with this award which is intended to go towards restoring the unique 1930s control tower building.
“It will further improve the visitor and educational aspects at the museum, along with creating new jobs and opportunities for the area.”
The Coastal Communities Fund is a Government cash pot designed to support projects which will create nearly 3,000 jobs and almost 1,500 apprenticeships across the country.
The £138,000 earmarked for the Locking Moor Road museum is part of a £36million national pay-out to various seaside schemes.
Museum manager Lee Mills said: “We have had many visitors and local residents comment in recent years on the sad state of the unusual 1935 wooden control tower and the adjacent 1940s pilot block, and have been negotiating for some time with the landowners to include the buildings in the museum.
“This award should enable us to restore a piece of Weston’s long aeronautical heritage and maintain it alongside our collection.
“We will also establish a history project in conjunction with local educationalists to record the memories of those who worked at the factories or flew from the airfield over the years.”
In order to progress the restoration, the museum wants to assemble a team of DIY volunteers to support the professional work needed.
Mr Mills is keen to hear from people with woodwork, brick-laying, decorating and similar skills who would like to donate some time to the project.
For more information contact the museum, which is also a registered charity, on 01934 635227.
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