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Craven Museum & Gallery is given £90,000 to kick-start exciting plans

Craven Museum & Gallery is set to become an indispensable community focal point, with a new £90,000 grant from the Arts Council.

The cash will fund a two-year project aimed at making the Town Hall museum a more sustainable, adaptable and essential resource within Craven District Council and for the wider public.

The project, entitled "Museum: Indispensable" will include funding a project officer who will work throughout the district over the next two years to make sure that the museum offers a better service to the people of Craven.

Councillor Simon Myers, Lead Member for the Town Hall, said: "We are delighted to receive this funding - it will enable us to take the museum from strength to strength.

"We have exciting plans for the future, to transform the museum experience, and this is a major step along the way."

The new project officer will forge stronger links with internal and external partners to broaden the use of the museum as a local authority service.

The museum will also work with charities and organisations throughout the region - such as Pioneer Projects, SELFA, Skipton Library and the Muslim Museum Initiative - to investigate how local communities can get more involved with the museum's collections.

The new project will also aim to create a greener museum through funding staff training about how to make museums more environmentally friendly and less wasteful. The museum will share all its achievements with other museums throughout the region to strengthen the sector and help it function more collaboratively.

The money was given to the museum by the Arts Council as part of its Museums Resilience Fund.

Sarah Maxfield, Area Director, North, Arts Council England, said: "Our Museums resilience fund supports museums by enabling them to become more sustainable and robust, whatever their size, and helping them to offer improved experiences for both audiences and artists.

"I'm delighted that 27 museums across the North have been awarded a total of just over £3.7 million in this round and look forward to seeing the results of this funding in the future. The Arts Council's aim is to achieve great art and culture for everyone - the North has some fantastic museums across the area, which between them reach thousands of visitors each year, therefore greatly supporting us in our mission."

There are also plans afoot at Craven Museum to create a fascinating new visitor experience, attracting more local people, tourists, and businesses. This ambitious project has been costed at around £2 million, with grants currently being sought from a variety of potential funders.The cash will fund a two-year project aimed at making the Town Hall museum a more sustainable, adaptable and essential resource within Craven District Council and for the wider public.

Press release date 10th March 2015