Plans on Track to Establish New Museum for Folkestone
Arts Council England has awarded a grant of £80,000 to Folkestone Town Council as part of a national initiative to help “improve resilience of museums and ensure they have the core skills and mechanisms in place to create a self-sufficient and long standing local facility”. This latest boost for the plan to establish a museum at the Town Hall, as part of FTC’s HEART project, comes on the back of a successful “first round” application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which secured almost £50,000 to be used towards developing a comprehensive £2million bid for a capital programme. It is expected that this bid will be submitted later in 2015.
The Arts Council England grant will be used to develop strategies for fund raising and marketing and to train staff and volunteers in how to implement them.
Town Clerk Jennifer Childs said: “We are delighted that Arts Council England has shown support for Folkestone’s HEART through the resilience funding and we are confident it will go a long way to ensuring Folkestone’s history and heritage is enjoyed for generations to come”.
ACE South East Area Director Hedley Swain said: “The regeneration of Folkestone through the use of arts has been a great success. It’s great that celebrating the town’s history will now be part of that success.”
The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust was one of the earliest supporters of the plan to develop the HEART project, with a grant of £50,000 in 2013.
(Image of Folkestone County School Hat copyright Folkestone Town Council/Kent County Council)