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Fresh HLF application for Bromley Museum plans

Bromley Council has approved revised proposals for a first stage application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which will help support the planned extension of Bromley Museum, London. A previous bid for support was unsuc-

cessful, although the council has now drawn up a reworked submission. A decision will be made by the HLF this summer. Bromley Council is looking to improve

facilities at Bromley Museum with a café; a landscape viewing platform; and additional exhibition spaces for local artefacts.

£9m BMAG project moves forward

A £9m development to cre- ate new galleries exploring the history of Birmingham at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) has moved forward, with the internal fit- out now set to begin. Tomas Vale Construction

has handed over the new Birmingham History Galleries to staff following work to restore and refurbish part of the Grade II*-listed museum building. West Yorkshire- based Redman Design is behind the proposals. Due to open in September,

Te new Birmingham History Galleries are due to launch in September

the project has involved the creation of more than 1,000sq m (10,764sq ſt) of space, includ- ing four “distinctive” galleries exploring the city’s history from medieval times to 1945. A fiſth Your Birmingham gallery will exam-

ine the character and identity of the city and its people, which will be shaped by contributions

Bletchley Park was an important wartime venue

Grade II listed status for Bletchley Park’s Block C

Bletchley Park’s Block C, in which the Enigma Code was cracked during World War II, has received Grade II listed status from heritage minister John Penrose. Te building is at the heart of plans to

turn the site into a heritage centre, and housed the first high-speed data processing machines used to crack German codes. Last month, it was revealed Google had

donated £550,000 towards the first phase of the £15m project and helping to pro- vide match funding needed to draw down a £4.6m Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Stoke museum bids to protect collections

Stoke-on-Trent’s Wedgwood Museum is to start work “in earnest” to raise funds needed to protect its collections relating to the historic 250-year-old pottery group. It follows a High Court judgement in

late December 2011 that ruled the muse- um’s collections were not held in trust and could be sold off in order to pay off a multi- million pound pension fund deficit. The museum’s collections currently

include more than 100,000 documents and manuscripts relating to Josiah Wedgwood and his renowned pottery company.


from local residents. Te Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a £4.9m grant in 2009. Birmingham City Council cabinet member

for leisure, sport and culture Martin Mullaney said: “Tis exciting project, which will tell the story of Birmingham’s great global history, is now moving into the final stage.”

New-look Accreditation scheme launches

A new-look Accreditation scheme for UK museums and galleries has been launched to focus on issues currently affecting attractions, such as collections development. Arts Council England

(ACE); CyMAL: Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales; Museums Galleries Scotland; and the Northern Ireland Museums Council have drawn up the new-look scheme. Accreditation, which is

the recognised quality stan- dard for UK museums and galleries, aims to outline good practice and the revised scheme places a greater emphasis on visitors’ needs. ACE chief executive Alan Davey said: “Our

ambition is for more people to experience and be inspired by museums and galleries.”

Te programme will focus on issues including collections development Te programme has now reopened to appli-

cations, with four organisations including Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust already achiev- ing full Accreditation aſter testing the new-look process. Details:

At-Bristol appoints new chief executive

At-Bristol has confirmed that Phil Winfield, director of the INTECH Science Centre and Planetarium in Winchester, will replace Dr Goéry Delacôte as chief executive. Winfield has been responsible for leading INTECH through its transition from small

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local charity to become a major educational attraction. He will join At-Bristol in April. Last July, it was revealed Dr Goéry Delacôte

would be stepping down from the post aſter more than six years to become president and chief scientific advisor of At-Bristol.

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