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£4m construction grant for UK museums

Grants for construction and refurbishment work at 34 museums throughout the UK have been announced by culture minister Barbara Follett.

The £4m grants include £300,000 for the Bowes Museum in County Durham to refurbish three galleries containing one of the largest collections of Spanish painting in Britain as well as £150,000 for HMS Belfast, one of the Imperial War Museum’s five branches, and £150,000 for the Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes.

The former will reinterpret the ship’s historic command and control centre, while the latter will create a new Bronze Age Gallery to house material excavated from the heart of the Stonehenge World Heritage site.

“We are fortunate to have so many excellent museums and galleries in this country, with fascinating collections and dedicated staff, providing a really great visitor experience for the public,” said Follett

“These grants help provide the extras that normal funding sometimes cannot reach, going towards good quality museum projects that will enhance displays and interpretation as well as showing good value for money.”

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