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National Lottery Heritage Funding has supported a number of great causes across the country in recent years. We are delighted to see the local museum receive £99,000 from this fund.

It has been a tough time for the Weymouth Museum of late, situated in an area where a considerable amount of renovation work is taking place.

The new funding will enable the Museum to expand its offering, and this means there will be workshops provided by the team. This is positive news, and many people are looking forward to being more hands-on in learning about the local area.

The funds will also assist the Museum in developing their collection, and in working closely with the community. It is hoped that more locals will engage the Museum, but that it will also draw tourists to the area too.

As local estate agents in Weymouth, we believe anything which draws people to the local area is a positive thing. Also, anything which makes the area more vibrant and exciting has to be a positive thing. We are pleased to see Weymouth Museum receive backing of this nature.

There is an opportunity for the Museum to do more

Marcia Headon, chair of the Museum Trust said: “We are extremely grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund for awarding Weymouth Museum this bid thanks to National Lottery players. The funding will enable us to preserve our wonderful collection and to extend the experience of the museum to the local community, as well as visitors. The future of the museum now looks very bright.”

There was disappointment when the proposed sale of Brewers Quay collapsed earlier this year. There is considerable uncertainty as to what will happen with the site, and work is still taking place.

Pop-up museum will help generate interest

There is good news that Weymouth Museum will have a short-term setting in St Thomas Street. This is a pop-up venture and it will display a number of important items from Weymouth’s past. If you have an interest in the social history of the location, this is likely to be a sight well worth seeing.

Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customer and Community Services, said; “Dorset has a rich and vibrant history that attracts people from all over the country, and Dorset Council is proud to support the work of everyone at Weymouth Museum. I’m looking forward to seeing how they rise to the challenge of continuing to engage and present their collections to the public while their permanent home is developed over the next couple of years.”

The pop-up shop should be open from May 2022, located at 40a St Thomas Street.

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