National Lottery Players hit the jackpot at St Barbe Museum
25 July 2017
We are delighted to thank National Lottery players by offering admission by donation only on our re-opening day - Saturday 29 July.
The Director of St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Mark Tomlinson, said: “St Barbe has been transformed thanks to the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and we are mindful that ultimately it is national lottery players who made this possible. In acknowledgement and thanks to them, our public opening day will offer admission by donation only, so please come along, just donate what you can afford, and enjoy yourselves.”
A jazz band will play as the President of Lymington Museum Trust, Lord Montagu, opens the doors of the newly-renovated museum on New Street, Lymington, to the public for the first time, at 11am on Saturday 29 July. There will also be a treasure trail competition around the museum for youngsters, and other family activities.
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery has received £1.78 million for the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable a complete renovation to create better, interactive museum displays, larger galleries, an archive and public research facility, education and activity spaces, a new cafe and a much-improved entrance and foyer.
This is also the first chance to see some of The Boldre Hoard, a treasure trove of 1,608 3rd century Roman coins, unearthed in a field near Lymington in 2014, and brought back to the town after a major fundraising campaign. In the art gallery, the inaugural exhibition is a stunning show by sculptor Geoffrey Dashwood, with interpretation by TV presenter and wildlife expert Chris Packham.
Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said: “This is excellent news for the people of Lymington and indeed all visitors to the revamped St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery. We are very much looking forward to the opening of the museum."
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