Heritage Lottery Fund to create a new Museum for Sheringham
The amalgamation of the existing Sheringham Museum of local history and the collection of historic lifeboats and fishing boats in the Mo on the seafront will now be achieved thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), it was announced today .The award of £799,500 will allow the Sheringham Museum Trust to create a dynamic and attractive resource of both national and local significance.
The award will bring into use an amenity building called the Mo, which was constructed as part of the Anglia Water pumping station development on the seafront, and which has been empty since 1996.The development will bring investment to the East Beach area of Sheringham and provide a major tourist attraction for the town and North Norfolk. In addition to the maritime and social history content of the Mo-a place of people and boats - there will be a room overlooking the sea which can be used for educational needs, exhibitions and other activities and the landmark tower will be remodelled to enable all- round vision.
The work will commence in the autumn 2007 and it is hoped that the Mo will open to the public late summer 2008
Commenting on the award David Brown, Chairman of the Trust, said "We are thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled us to achieve the dream of amalgamating everything under one roof and provide access to Sheringham's heritage for all. The Mo will become a major focal point for tourists and provide an opportunity to tell the story of the development of the town and the bravery and courage of the people over the generations. A whole new chapter in the history of Sheringham "
Robyn Llewellyn, Heritage Lottery Fund Manager in the East of England added; 'The rejuvenated Sheringham Museum will enable many more people to explore North Norfolk's maritime history. The town's link with the sea is such an important part of its identity, and the Mo will be a fantastic asset both for local people and visitors to the area.'
For further information please contact David Brown, Chairman, Sheringham Museum Trust