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Museum Expansion Appeal lifts off with major grant

Date Posted:13/07/2017

MK MuseumMilton Keynes Museum’s major expansion has just received a £75,000 boost from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

The generous award followed a visit by Foundation staff to hear about the Museum’s plans to build two new galleries telling the whole story of the Milton Keynes area from pre-history through to the present day.

A spokesperson for Garfield Weston said: “We hope that this gives the project a great boost and the confidence to achieve success with this exciting project.”
The award also brings to £100,000 the total raised since the Museum’s £1.5 million expansion fundraising appeal was launched in March.

Donations from supporters, including some of the Museum’s own volunteers, total more than £10,000.

Said Museum Director Bill Griffiths: “We are so grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation and to every single individual donor, for sharing our vision and passion for this project and for supporting it financially.

“Every £1 moves us closer to being able to do justice to the fascinating stories, past, present and future, and creating a museum that will be a source for pride for local people and an attraction bringing in visitors from across the UK.”

Funding from project partners Milton Keynes Council means work on the fabric of the galleries that will house the exhibitions is already well underway – with opening scheduled for spring 2019.

Photo shows the new cladding being fitted to the first of the new galleries.