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Opening up Stroud's Secret Garden one step closer
The Friends of Stroud's Museum in the Park have been awarded a grant of £12,000 by the Summerfield Charitable Trust towards the creation of a new entrance way from the existing Museum into the Walled Garden.
The Walled Garden project aims to bring back to life 2,000 square metres of derelict land which was formerly the garden belonging to the mansion house, now the Museum in the Park. The Entrance Way will be a fully accessible pathway from the Museum reception, a winding trail which rises gently though planted slopes with terraced seating looking back towards the Museum. Creating the new entrance is the key which will open up this special place to the community.
Fred Ward, Chair of the Friends of the Museum expressed his delight:
'We are delighted that the Summerfield Charitable Trust has decided to award the Friends this grant for the Entrance Way - along with support from Stroud District Council it means we are one step closer to reaching our fundraising target'.
Stroud District Council's Museum Development manager, Kevin Ward added:
'Yet again another external organisation has seen the benefits of the Walled Garden project. We are thrilled with the news and equally delighted to continue to 'open the gates' to allow visitors a sneaky peek of what is to come. I'd encourage others to watch out for news of other opportunities to see inside the walls of the garden'.
Whilst the majority of funding has already been received for key parts of the Walled garden project, the Friends of the Museum still need to raise £80,000 to meet the funding target for the Entrance Way. Other features of the project include a new multi-use learning space, orchard and culinary area. Fundraising continues, and the Museum Friends welcome new members to help them support the Museum and Walled Garden.
This excellent news follows the success of the 'Secret Artist' community art fundraiser which raised £3,000 for the project and included 'behind the walls' tours of the garden.
The image on this page shows a close-up of the proposed Entrance Way.
Cathedral of Cloth: Celebrating 600 years of Ebley Mill
Thanks to a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors will be able to step back in time to the sights and sounds of Ebley Mill for a dramatic new exhibition at The Museum in the Park in February 2018.
December Deep Clean
It’s almost December and we’re once again getting that deep-clean feeling. The Museum will be closing its doors for 2017 from December 4, when we’ll be sprucing the place up for a reopening on New Year’s Day. Read on to find out more about exactly what we get up in this month of closing.
Walled Garden Highly Commended
We are delighted to announce that Austin Design Works have received an award from the Landscape Institute for the Walled Garden project, here at the Museum in the Park.
Museum work showcased
Some of the Museum's work has recently featured in two national reports.
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