Cash boost for industrial museums

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SHEFFIELD’S three industrial museums have been given £118,750 to help make them more welcoming for visitors with disabilities.

The money, from the Arts Council, will go to Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Shepherd Wheel in the Porter Valley.

The Arts Council says complex industrial heritage sites are recognised as having difficult access for visitors with disabilities, and the ‘Access All Areas’ project will finance physical and sensory improvements, along with online help.

Funds are being channelled through Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust as part of a £2,574,093 allocation of grants to museums across Yorkshire in the second round of the ‘Renaissance Strategic support fund’. The awards cover April to the end of March next year.

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: “It will help the museums find new ways for people enjoy the assets on their doorstep and make the most of their amazing collections. We will also see museums on a stronger and more sustainable footing, so future generations will benefit too.”

Last year it was announced that Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet was receiving a £895,700 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help safeguard the museum’s future.

The visitor experience at grade I listed complex off Abbeydale Road South will be improved by restoring waterwheels and other machinery to working order and the addition of a heritage and learning centre.

Training programmes will be run for volunteers.