Thursday, April 8, 2010

Redevelopment Latest

£3m Bedford Borough Council grant gives Phase 2 project a major boost.

Fundraising is going very well with confirmation of funding from Bedford Borough Council, the Wixamtree Trust, Charles Wells Brewery and the Rotary Clubs of Bedford taking the project over £5m, well on the way to the £6.7m target. Fundraising is ongoing including major grants being considered in the next few months.

Following the refurbishment of Bedford Gallery (Phase 1) last year, Phase 2 will involve the complete redesign and redisplay of all galleries. For the first time, Bedford’s major collections will be united under one roof, to create an outstanding, combined facility. The revitalised buildings, with new galleries, collections stores, learning spaces, shop and café, will be an excellent resource for local people, and will bring a greater number of visitors to Bedford, contributing to the regeneration of the town centre right in the heart of the cultural quarter.

Architects, engineers and exhibition designers are currently busy preparing detailed plans for submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund and others. Subject to approvals and grants being awarded Bedford Museum is expected to close in the autumn, with building works starting in spring 2011.

You can help to support the redevelopment project by joining our Patrons’ Scheme. You can download the Patrons’ brochure here. For any other fundraising related issues please contact John Moore, Director at

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