Four museums benefit from £750,000 repair boost
- Credit: Kate Wolstenholme
Museums in Norfolk and Waveney urgently needing repairs have been handed a boost of more than £750,000 to protect them and their collections.
Norwich's Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, True's Yard in King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth's Row Houses and Lowestoft Museum will all benefit from the cash, part of a £48m government pot.
The museums are all in need of urgent repairs.
English Heritage has been awarded £144,000 for work at the 17th century Row Houses in Great Yarmouth.
The properties are rare remnants of the town’s original distinctive ‘rows’ - a network of narrow alleyways.
The cash will help repair water damage and structural defects, so the houses can be reopened to the public.
The money comes from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's Museum Estate and Development Fund.
- 1 Car smashes through barrier after two-car crash in Lowestoft
- 2 Lowestoft venue teams up with police to carry out drug tests on clubbers
- 3 'A great hero': Terry Butcher hailed on return to hometown
- 4 Mystery surrounds container ships at anchor off Suffolk coast
- 5 Dad's anger after bike worth £3,000 stolen from Lowestoft park
- 6 New Taco Bell restaurant step closer to town centre unveiling
- 7 Mum trying to find lost 'heart' of daughter who died days after birthday
- 8 Behind the scaffolding at historic former Post Office
- 9 Organisers 'overwhelmed' as Nearly Festival makes welcome return
- 10 Transformation of town's former hospital site complete
The grant to the Row Houses is expected to be used for one of the two at the site.
Rob Woodside, English Heritage’s estates director, said: "This Row House is a rare 17-century survivor of a distinctive type of building, once common in Great Yarmouth.
"It houses a fascinating collection of objects and fittings rescued from now long-lost rows, all of which gave a real insight into the town’s social history and its international trade links.
“The house is an accredited museum, and we are extremely grateful for this significant grant.
"It will go towards urgent repairs and help to ensure that this time capsule can re-open to the public and play a role in the life of the town."
Almost £250,000 will go to Lowestoft Museum, a free volunteer-led museum inside Grade II listed Broad House.
That will enable urgent repairs and secure the future of the building and its collections.
Norwich's Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, at the University of East Anglia, has been awarded £325,000 to make repairs to the fabric of the building and protect artworks from light damage.
And just over £50,000 will go towards essential work at True’s Yard, the independent community museum in King’s Lynn, which tells the story of the fishing community of the North End.
Arts minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay said: "Improving access to local libraries and museums is a central part of our plans to level up access to the arts and culture across the country and I can’t wait to see the difference these awards make.”