Work to transform Town Hall into museum given the go-ahead

Work to transform Town Hall into museum given the go-ahead

Work to transform Town Hall into museum given the go-ahead

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Work to transform St Albans grade II listed Town Hall into a museum and gallery has been given the go ahead.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has pledged £2.8m and St Albans District Council £2.25m towards the total project cost of £6.75m.

St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust is fundraising for the remaining £1.7m, which will be supported by the council’s museums service and the University of Hertfordshire. The fundraising project is called "renaissance: St Albans".

Last year the HLF awarded first phase development funding of £282,000 for the project, which will see the Museum of St Albans move to the Town Hall.

Work could not start on the partnership project until the HLF approved detailed plans for this first phase.

The council will now appoint a project manager, an architect and an exhibition and interpretation designer to develop the designs and long-term project plans needed to support a second-round application to the HLF for the balance of its £2.8m pledge.

A number of donations and pledges have already been received from both the St Albans University of the Third Age and St Albans Civic Society.

Visitors will be able to discover 2,000 years of St Albans history through displays and a tour of the Town Hall’s court room and prison cells. The Town Hall will also provide space for the University of Hertfordshire’s contemporary art gallery currently located with the Museum of St Albans in Hatfield Road.

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1:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

cummingam says...

Does this mean the closure of the Merchant Coffee shop - if so, then we do need Nero to be opening around the corner!
Does this mean the closure of the Merchant Coffee shop - if so, then we do need Nero to be opening around the corner! cummingam
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5:47pm Wed 23 Apr 14

fight rates says...

How much? Nearly £7 million to be spent on a museum. I am sure it will be nice to looks at lots of old stuff. This money would be far more useful in improving our local hospital!
How much? Nearly £7 million to be spent on a museum. I am sure it will be nice to looks at lots of old stuff. This money would be far more useful in improving our local hospital! fight rates
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