SHEFFIELD’S archaeology collection is set to be made available to the public for the first time in four years, new exhibitions are to be created and evening events are planned after a new grant was agreed for Museums Sheffield.
The trust, which runs the Graves Gallery, Millennium Galleries and Weston Park Museum, has been given just over £2.5 million for the next two-and-a-half years by the Arts Council.
The grant follows rejection earlier in the year of a previous bid for £4.2m over three years.
Kim Streets, chief executive of Museums Sheffield, said: “We have several exciting plans.
“One of the things the money will enable us to do is restore public access to the archaeology collection, which has been held in storage for the last four years, because we have the money to take on an archaeology curator.
“We are planning exhibitions by sound artist Chris Watson, of Cabaret Voltaire, and events to mark the 100th anniversary of World War One.”
The trust will also use some of the grant money to make itself ‘more commercially successful’ such as through developing the Millennium Galleries as an evening attraction.
Live music and events could be hosted, Ms Streets said.
Museums Sheffield currently has 70 staff, 45 of whom are part-time. Thirty workers were made redundant after the previous funding bid was lost.
With the extra funding, a small number of additional staff are to be hired.