Following a successful bid for a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, construction work is now progressing at Ely Museum, with RG Carter recently starting the strip out works required. The construction work will be followed by an exhibition fit-out contract to allow the refurbished museum to be relaunched to the public by the end of 2020.
Focus Consultants provided Ely Museum with project management and business planning support during the development phase, which led to the museum being awarded a £1.66 million National Lottery grant.
Now Focus is providing project management services for the delivery stage of the Unlocking the Potential of the Old Gaol: Ely Museum Redevelopment Project.
Focus Partner Steven Fletcher said: “It is great to see site works taking place to transform the Ely Museum into a fantastic destination for local people and visitors to the area.”
Focus has worked with many national, regional and local museums and attractions across the UK, including St Fagans National Museum of History in Wales, The V&A, The National Army Museum, MShed in Bristol and Brooklands Museum in Surrey.
Alongside The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, Ely Museum has received support from a number of local and national trusts and foundations, East Cambridgeshire District Council, City of Ely Council, and donations from local people, which means that the ambitious £2.2 million project can be delivered.
The museum will become a heritage hub for locals and tourists, introducing them to the history of the area. New galleries, a series of events and exhibitions and improved visitor facilities will create an exciting destination for local families, schools and visitors to the museum, while resources and trails will encourage people to explore the district further.
The project will include the renovation of the historic ‘Old Gaol’ building on Market Street and the redisplay of the collections within it.