HLF backs Aberdeen Art Gallery revamp - Museums Association

HLF backs Aberdeen Art Gallery revamp

Heritage Lottery Fund supports six projects worth £68m
Aberdeen Art Gallery is among six organisations that have won initial Heritage Lottery Fund support for major capital projects worth a total of £68m, it was announced last week.

Aberdeen has been given £126,000 to work up a £10m bid to redevelop three adjoining buildings and add a rooftop gallery. The city’s collection of fine and decorative art includes works by JMW Turner, Claude Monet, Francis Bacon and Tracey Emin.

The other HLF awards went to the Silverstone motor racing circuit; HMS Caroline in Belfast; an archive centre in Cornwall; Alexandra Palace, London; and Auckland Castle in County Durham.

HMS Caroline will use £845,600 from the HLF to develop a £12.2m bid to turn the warship into a visitor attraction. It will form a key part of the Titanic Quarter development and the National Museum of the Royal Navy plans to complete the project in time for the Battle of Jutland centenary in 2016.

The British Racing Drivers' Club, a not-for-profit organisation, will use £446,000 from the HLF to develop a £9.1m bid that will include providing a home for the archive, creating a heritage hub at the site’s entrance and recording oral histories from former competitors such as Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss and Christabel Watson.

Auckland Castle, which is home to a collection of paintings by 17th century Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbaran, became a trust in 2011 thanks to local philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer. It will use £1m to work up a £10m plan to restore the building and open it to the public for the first time.

Alexandra Palace is using £844,800 to develop a £16.8m bid that will see the building’s most historically important areas, the BBC Studios and the Victorian Theatre, restored and reopened to the public.

A new archive will be created at the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site at Redruth. The HLF has awarded £386,000 for this project, which will lead to a £9.8m bid.

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