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Makeover for Royal Fusiliers Museum
Historic Surrey estate
Historic London attraction set for major refurbishment after securing HLF grant
closes to public
A historic estate formerly By Pete Hayman
owned by press baron Lord
Beaverbrook will not be open to Plans for the refurbishment of a
visitors this year after its owner, museum dedicated to the
The Beaverbrook Foundation, history of the Royal Regiment
announced that it was no longer of Fusiliers at the Tower of
financially viable. Two London have been handed a
consecutive wet summers and £300,000 boost by the
the economic downturn have Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
been blamed for the decision to Housed in the Grade I-listed
close Cherkley Court and Gardens Officers Mess building dating
near Leatherhead, Surrey, which back to 1845, the Royal
is set in 400 acres (162 hectares) Fusiliers Museum opened to
of park and woodlands. the public in 1962 and boasts a The museum is housed in the Grade I-listed former Officers Mess
range of exhibits from the
Maritime museum
regiment's 400-year history. Tower of London's year of local people, from a range of
planned for Derry
The scheme will see the celebration dedicated to the backgrounds, to engage with
A maritime museum is being museum expanded to allow theme of Menagerie, including their local army regiment."
planned for the former British more items to be put on show, a Victorian soldier outlining the Colin Bowes-Crick of the
Army barracks at Ebrington, including a new medals gallery. role of animals in warfare. Royal Fusiliers Museum Trust
Derry, Northern Ireland. An education programme for Sue Bowers, head of the HLF added: "The finished product
According to the Derry Journal, local Tower Hamlets schools London, said: "The newly will significantly enhance the
the project is the brainchild of and community volunteering developed museum will add to visitor experience – especially
urban regeneration company Ilex, opportunities are also planned. the attractions that bring more for local residents who will
in partnership with Derry City New live interactive displays than two million visitors to the benefit not only from visiting
Council. A spokesperson for the will be created at the attraction Tower of London each year the museum but also from our
council said: "We are currently by 2011 to coincide with the while providing the chance for proposed outreach programme."
seeking applications for the
supply of a feasibility study and
economic appraisal into the
Museum unveils new restaurant
'Psychoaster' set
establishment of a maritime
for Alton Towers
museum development at By Tom Walker
Ebrington in Derry." Alton Towers in Staffordshire is
The Natural History Museum set to launch a new £15m
Paultons handed ride
(NHM) in London has launched rollercoaster in March, which is
planning reprieve
a new 270-seat restaurant. being touted as a terror-thrill
Paultons Park near Designed by a partnership ride, or "psychoaster".
Southampton, Hampshire, has involving architects RWCA and An Alton Towers spokersper-
been told that it can keep its interior designers Path Design, son said the new Thirteen
Cobra ride after being granted the 6,500sq ft (604sq m) attraction will be "based on the
retrospective planning consent restaurant is the third of the The NHM restaurant is part of discovery of an unearthed
by the New Forest National Park museum's visitor catering zones a larger, £3m redevelopment ancient burial site in an area of
Authority (NFNPA). In October to be revamped in the space of unexplored woodland known
2009, park bosses were told that 12 months. The restaurant is part of a as the Dark Forest".
they would have to remove both The museum had to obtain a £3m refit and facilities revamp Only visitors aged between
the Cobra and the Edge roller listed building consent to create programme for the attraction, 16 and 55 years old will be
coasters, which were opened the eatery, as the plans and completes a strategic allowed to ride the new
without having secured the included breaking through the remodelling of the eating and rollercoaster, which has been
necessary permission. However, original building fabric to an refreshment facilities. built on the site of Alton
planning officials at NFNPA have adjacent gallery to open up The three-phase overhaul has Towers' former Corkscrew ride
now decided to allow the park to extra space, which was used to been project-managed by dismantled in late 2008.
retain the Cobra ride, as well as bring the kitchens front-of- Cultural Innovations, which has The new Thirteen rollercoast-
a control building, catering house – an unusual feature for been responsible for co-ordi- er is scheduled to open to the
kiosk and a photograph booth. a museum restaurant. nating the consultant team. public on 20 March.
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