Monday, February 10, 2014

UK Mining Museum Receives Lottery Funding

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £9,932 to the Woodend mining museum in Reedley Hallows, Lancashire. The much needed funding will be used to pay for essential maintenance and to improve the available facilities.

The roof of the museum is in urgent need of repair so that will take precedence, but some of the funds will be used to pay for internal tiling and a new security system.

The museum first opened its doors in 2012 after farm owners Harry and Carole Johnson discovered a number of old mining tools and implements while they were redeveloping the farm, built on land that used to belong to the Woodend Colliery until it closed in 1959.

The Johnsons were delighted when they heard their application for lottery funding had been accepted. 

"It’s fantastic news," Mrs. Johnson said. "The roof has needed doing for quite a while. We've got a very thin and flimsy roof at the moment. We've been crossing our fingers that it will survive the winter with the gales we've been having."

The Johnsons hope the new roof will also make the museum feel warmer inside and they plan to paint it white to help make it a little brighter inside as well.

The museum will have to be closed until the work is completed, but should be accepting visitors again by the end of March.

The HLF is responsible for distributing a share of the funds raised by UK National Lottery Good Causes. HLF grants are awarded to projects designed to sustain and transform the British Heritage.