Moyse's Hall Museum, part of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Heritage Service, has been successful in its bid for a Capital Grant of £23,300 to make the upgrades needed to display national treasures in the heart of Bury St Edmunds.
The grant was awarded by Arts Council England and administered by SHARE Museums East as part of a programme of investment designed to build capacity in non-national museums and enable them to borrow significant objects from National and Major Partner Museums.
Moyse’s Hall Museum will use the grant to improve security and environmental conditions. Upgrades will include the installation of new secondary security glazing, conservation blinds and the purchase of a high security display case. Moyse's Hall will remain open throughout the improvements which are scheduled for 2016.
The museum hopes to exhibit its first national loan in 2017. This and future loans will provide opportunities to reach new audiences and improve access to high quality cultural activities in Suffolk.
Cllr Joanna Rayner, St Edmundsbury Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said: “This is brilliant news and opens doors that will allow us to increase our heritage and cultural offer in a way never possible before. That in turn will add to Bury’s strong position as a tourist destination with a rich mix of attractions to entertain visitors and our local residents as well.”
Moyse's Hall - a grade I listed building - first opened as a museum in 1899 and has stood on the Market Place since its construction in around 1180. The museum is home to important collections which include horology, fine art and social history.