Trowbridge Museum’s £2.4 million expansion plans, ‘Onwards and Upwards’, have been given a significant boost with a National Lottery grant of £1,172,500, it was announced this week.

Trowbridge Museum is an impressive learning resource that is particularly popular with local families looking for find out more about the history of the area, as well as hosting visits from school across the region.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players and awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project aims to:

– conserve Home Mill where the Museum is based, enhance in presence in the Shires shopping centre and its entrance;
– install a new lift;
– re-develop its displays;
– create new Learning and Outreach facilities and temporary exhibition space, a library and research facility;
-create interactive and weaving zones;
– interpret the historic townscape.

The project will also create a wider range of opportunities to volunteer and to learn weaving related skills. A digital app will further interpret the numerous textile buildings in the heart of the town.

Clare Lyall, the Museum’s Curator, said “Thanks to National Lottery players we have had this fantastic support. This exciting project will ensure that a thousand years of textile heritage is accessible to many more people locally and regionally and will continue to be for many years to come.”