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Museum is to improve access for the disabled

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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BETTER disabled access was one of the areas suggested for improvement for a Uttoxeter museum, which they hope to achieve with money from a lottery funding pot.

The curator of Redferns Cottage Laura Wigg-Bailey is consulting with trustees, councillors and members of the public for their views in how the museum can benefit from a £500,000 lottery funding pot.

Members of the Redferns Cottage Museum of Uttoxeter Life steering group meet on a monthly basis to prepare their ideas for how to improve the activity plan of the museum.

Ideas that came out of the last steering group included better heating, lighting, storage, and more interactive displays.

The team are also keen to find out how to appeal to a wider audience and the best ways of attracting younger guests to visit the museum.

Mrs Wigg-Bailey said: “We are holding a wide reaching consultation with people with a genuine connection or interest in the museum, town councillors, trustees and people who live in town.

“We’re holding a steering group meeting once a month to brainstorm ideas together and we’ve recently appointed an architect.

“We want to make the museum more interactive while gaining a better understanding of our audience and what people would like to see in the future at Redfern’s.”

The museum is currently undergoing a facelift after The Uttoxeter Heritage Trust, the charity which runs Redfern’s Cottage, received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the complete re-development of the museum back in October 2013.

Development funding of £40,000 has been awarded so far to help staff at Redfern’s Cottage progress their plans to apply for a full grant of £514,600 at a later date.

The project aims to transform the museum experience and create a ‘wonderful visitor and educational attraction’ in Uttoxeter.

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