Lottery funding for revamp at museum

September 29 2021
Lottery funding for revamp at museum

WELLS & Mendip Museum will be able to carry out refurbishment work and install new displays after being awarded nearly £200,000 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The museum, on Cathedral Green, has received the funding for its Search & Learn project.

This was the motto of the museum’s founder, Herbert Balch, and is now the title of a project to both reinvigorate and retell the social stories of Wells.

It marks a step change in how the museum tells those stories and includes refurbishment of two galleries, restoration of Balch’s study, and the installation of new displays and interactives.

Alongside this will be a vibrant activities programme, and the opportunity to work with new and existing partners.

The award is of £194,600 towards a £300,000 project.

Sue Isherwood, the museum’s Chairperson, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, I’m excited that we can now begin to implement our long-nurtured plans for updating our exhibition spaces, strengthening our local partnerships and developing our offer to the varied communities of the city.”

David Walker, the museum’s Curator, said: “We are so pleased to be able to work on a project that does justice to the city’s rich social history.”

Herbert Balch was an archaeologist and caver who was born in Wells in 1869. He carried out excavations in the Mendip Hills, and some of the artefacts he discovered are displayed at the museum.