Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, has submitted its final stage application to the National Lottery via the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to bid for nearly £1.5 million to develop the historic wing of the museum and strengthen its links with the park.
Plans have been developed to transform the former Oaklands House building to offer an improved visitor experience with newly-designed displays including a room-by-room journey through the history of Chelmsford and a new café.
Nick Wickenden, Manager, Chelmsford Museum, says: “We have been consulting the people of Chelmsford for a long time about what they want to see at the museum, and it is clear they want to discover more about their local history in a way befitting a museum for the twenty first century. Visitors are also keen for us to launch our own café where they can pop in for coffee and cake and meet friends, and this forms part of our plans.”
Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Julia Jeapes, adds: “The Chelmsford Museum is a wonderful resource for people of the city and offers so much for children, families and anyone interested in local history. The refurbishment will boost the visitor experience and offer everyone who enjoys the museum and its surrounding parkland a wonderful place to meet and learn about Chelmsford’s fascinating history.”
The Chelmsford Museum received development funding of £76,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015 to help the museum progress its plans and design the new-look museum. The Chelmsford Museum will hear if their bid is successful in June 2017.
The Chelmsford Museum invested nearly £5 million in 2009 for the development of a new wing, which now houses the Museum’s collection of Marconi, Crompton and Hoffmann artefacts, education room, temporary exhibition gallery and the Essex Regiment. This wing will remain open throughout the development works, which are expected to take the whole of 2018.
Plans for the development including artist’s impressions of the new-look museum can be viewed at the Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Chelmsford from mid-April. To discover more about the Chelmsford Museum, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums.