£50,000 starter for museum revamp

100 years of Stainless Steel launch'Kim Streets from Sheffield Museums speaks at the launch
100 years of Stainless Steel launch'Kim Streets from Sheffield Museums speaks at the launch

Plans to revamp Weston Park Museum at a cost of up to £697,000 are beginning to move forward.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given an initial £50,000 to allow more details to be drawn up for redesigning galleries and displays and developing ideas to show off more of Sheffield’s archaeology, natural sciences, social history and visual art collections.

Museums Sheffield successfully applied for the grant to kickstart the proposed redevelopment project, called Weston Park: A Bright Future.

It is hoped that further funds will be released so that work can start at the museum in 2015.

Weston Park reopened to the public in 2006 following a major revamp funded by a £17m Heritage Lottery Fund grant with support from the council.

Chief executive Kim Streets said: “Weston Park is a great example of a museum which works for its community and much has been achieved since 2006. It’s now time to take stock of the lessons we’ve learnt, build on that success, and ensure the museum is fit to delight and inspire visitors for another 10 years.”

Council cabinet member Isobel Bowler said: “Weston Park is one of the city’s most popular museums and the proposed redesign will make it even better.”