Erewash Museum received a massive boost this week when councillors gave a reported £400,000 renovation and improvement project the thumbs up.
A new cafe, refreshment area, exhibition space and improved visitor facilities will boost the already popular museum’s appeal.
Museum service manager Nicola Wood said: “It’s a substantial investment in the community.
“The stable block is currently unusable but after the work has been carried out it will provide the museum with an education and lifelong learning suite, better kitchen and refreshment facilities, new visitor toilets and a lift making the museum more accessible too.
“In the past few years the museum has gone from strength to strength and this work will allow us to take the next step.”
Museum staff are confident that their bid for cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be successful, allowing work to start in autumn/winter 2014.
The new exhibition area will feature a display about the history of the museum building,
Nicola added: “We have worked hard on the proposal and we really want to make the museum the best it can be.
“Most of the activities on offer here are free and if there is a charge it’s very small, we want that to carry on and the funding and expansion will allow us to do that.”
Collections officer Michael Crane added: “We are really looking forward to getting the work started.
“The expansion will improve our visitors’ experience and that is the main aim.”