£170,000 cash boost for Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury
Civic leaders in Street have welcomed Somerset County Council's decision to spend £170,000 on the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury to help improve the popular tourist attraction.
The money will be used as the council's contribution towards a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund which hopes to bring in a further £2.8 million in lottery and third party investment.
Street county councillor Terry Napper said: "I am so pleased that the council has granted this funding to the museum.
"This allows the museum to go on and seek further funding which if approved will lead to an enhancement of the museum."
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The museum is now working on detailed plans which will propose new gallery layouts, visitor routes and the stories that will be told in the new museum. This will be shaped by consultation with partners and visitors.
The museum, which welcomes 30,000 visitors a year, has not been redevelopment since its opening in the 1970s.
Street's district councillor, George Steer, said: "This truly is a partnership project. Mendip District Council, the Friends of the Rural Life Museum and other partners are coming together to improve an already first class facility."