Poole Museum awarded National Lottery support to transform its public spaces and displays

Posted on Tuesday 24th September 2019

BCP Council is pleased to announce that it has been awarded initial support* from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Poole Museum project, “Our Museum: Rediscovering Poole's Maritime Heritage”.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded initial support and development funding of £325,300. This will enable the museum to develop the project plans in more detail and apply for a full grant of £2.4 million in Spring 2021.

The £3.3 million project aims to create an inspiring cultural attraction for Poole, featuring cutting-edge digital interpretations and new public facilities which will transform the visitor experience. The National Lottery grant will enable the conservation of an internationally important historic building, the display of Poole Museum’s unique collection of four ancient vessels, and the creation of stunning new spaces for local people and visitors to enjoy. 

The museum will work with the community and the region’s universities to create the new spaces, which include a maritime gallery to share Poole’s remarkable maritime heritage. Stories of boatbuilding, fishing and merchant trades from local people will enrich the museum’s collections for future generations. The project will provide exciting new opportunities for learning and hands-on interaction.

Councillor Mark Howell, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Culture at BCP Council said: “This is very exciting news for Poole. Poole Museum’s audiences have doubled since its last redevelopment in 2007 and they have outgrown their existing spaces and facilities. This project will enable the museum to meet the growing demand and build on its success in a sustainable way. The National Lottery grant will also enable the restoration and reveal of the magnificent Poole Wool Hall, one of the most important medieval port buildings in Europe. When the project is completed Poole Museum will be a flagship for regeneration in the area and the catalyst for the development of a vibrant Quay quarter.”