A UTTOXETER museum has successfully appointed a firm of conservation architects to carry out research and planning to support their lottery fund application.
Redfern’s Cottage, Museum of Uttoxeter Life has enlisted the help of conservation architects Walker Cunnington based in Matlock, Derbyshire to carry out the main body of research and feasibility planning which will support the forthcoming application for funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The firm submitted their tender for the work along with two other firms back in January 2014.
Following an interview in February with Uttoxeter Heritage Trust’s vice-chairman Nick Wigg, trustee Janet Dean, project manager Laura Wigg-Bailey and Heritage Lottery Fund mentor Jane Arthur, John Cunnington and John-Paul Walker were appointed to produce a fully costed Conservation Management Plan and feasibility study, for which they have over twenty years’ worth of experience.
The value of this work is over £20,000 and forms the bulk of the £40,000 that the trust was awarded in November 2013 to develop this project.
Laura Wigg-Bailey said: “The Conservation Management Plan covers the history and significance of the building, its collection and previous occupants including town historian Francis Redfern back in the late 1800s. It will also include tree-ring dating surveys amongst other work from a quantity surveyor and will tell the story of every beam, truss, door and window within the building stretching back to 1628 when it was built.
“Plans to solve some of the museum’s logistical and service issues such as security, lighting and heating in more eco efficient ways, storage of collections and archives, catering, school parties, events and disabled access will also be looked at.
“Plans will be drawn up by the end of June 2014 which will allow us to meet the target of submitting a bid for approximately £500,000 to the Heritage Lottery Fund in September 2014.”