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Arts Council funding for Vestry House Museum

A major new research project at Vestry House Museum is set to move forward after the Council secured an £85,185 funding grant from Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund.



The funding, along with a £10,000 contribution from Waltham Forest Council, will be used to research what stories the borough museum should tell, and what it means to be a 'local history' museum in the 21st century. Engaging with museum visitors, residents, artists and arts organisations, and local schools and businesses, the project aims to increase resilience for the well-loved museum.



With the right vision, the Council believes Vestry House Museum could engage many more people with the unique heritage and stories of this part of north-east London. The William Morris Gallery has already demonstrated the impact thriving museums can have on the wider community.



Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “Securing this funding from the Arts Council represents a major step forward in our efforts to transform Vestry House Museum into a vibrant cultural destination for local residents and visitors from further afield.



“Already home to an award-winning garden and wide-ranging social history collections, we believe the museum has huge potential to cement itself as a unique and engaging attraction within London’s cultural scene.”



Joyce Wilson, London Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Museums are important places, where learning, creativity and community come together. We are pleased to be able to support Vestry House’s ambitions through the Museum Resilience Fund, and safeguard its work to get great art and culture to everyone.”



Owned and managed by the Council, Vestry House Museum is the local history museum for Waltham Forest and home of Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library. 



Set in an 18th century parish workhouse in the heart of historic Walthamstow Village, the Museum tells the history of the borough through a series of permanent displays and special exhibitions. The current exhibition ‘Water and Life’ explores the industrial and natural history of Walthamstow Wetlands, and is on display until 16 October 2016.



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