£1.2m is coming Ilkeston’s way after the Heritage Lottery Fund confirmed the cash grant today.
Erewash Borough Council announced the good news this morning with £503,600 for projects at its award winning Erewash Museum and a further £740,800 for improvements at Victoria Park.
The success signals the go-ahead for exciting projects at the two sites and is the result of months of hard work by council teams to put together large scale and detailed bids to impress the HLF and secure the funding for Erewash.
The Victoria Park Heritage Project will see the complete restoration and secure the long-term future of three key features within the historic park – the bandstand, the pavilion and the pergola arch.
The work will also include new heritage bedding, improvements to pathways and a new programme of activities and opportunities for more local people to volunteer and play an active role in maintaining the park for future generations.
Erewash Museum will see its coach house, stables and hayloft transformed into a learning and community venue that will build further on the success of the Museum.
The all-new centre will open up a wide range of exciting new opportunities to showcase local history and will expand the educational work carried out by the Museum with schoolchildren and visitors.
Cllr Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “This is a landmark day for Erewash and a very exciting one – winning this funding is a great success that we have worked hard to achieve.
“It is the good news we hoped for and means we can now turn our plans for two very important heritage projects into reality.
“We thank all those residents who helped us in putting together our winning bids, the support from the general public has been incredible and we know everyone will share our delight at today’s announcement. T
“This is a milestone moment that signals the go-ahead for two of the biggest and most ambitious heritage projects seen in Erewash.”