Buxton Museum receives £869,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Residents and visitors will soon be able to explore the Peak District from the comfort of their own homes thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £869,000 for Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

The funding, awarded to Derbyshire County Council, who own the museum, will be used to promote the heritage of the Peak District.

Two of the projects will use the latest technology to bring the museum’s collections to a wider audience, while the third involves improving the building’s main gallery.

The funding will be used to:

• Redevelop the museum’s Wonders of the Peak gallery to better explain the objects it features and the landscapes associated with them.

• Create twelve Pocket Wonders digital tours allowing visitors out and about in Derbyshire to access the museum’s information. As they visit archaeological sites and landmarks they will be able to upload information and images from the collections using their smart phones and tablets.

• Post a wider range of information about the museum’s collections online to create Armchair Wonders which can be accessed anywhere on a mobile device.

Cllr Dave Allen, cabinet member for Health and Communities, said: “I’m delighted the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded us this grant. At a time when we’re facing significant budget cuts it means we can further develop our museum as a place for people to discover the rich past and present of the Peak District.

“The use of new technology will mean visitors can get information from new touch screens in the museum as well as via their own smart phones and tablets for a more interactive experience alongside improved online information for people to access anywhere.

“We hope that by the end of this project Buxton Museum will be a must-visit tourist destination raising the profile of the rich past and present of our wonderful Peak District.”

Work will start on March 1 and is due to be completed by December 2017, in time for the Terrace Road museum’s 125th birthday.