To receive a verbal update of the Museum Development Committee
The Chairman of the Development Committee gave a verbal update for the meeting:-
In response to a question from the Chair, the Chairman of the Development Committee said if they were successful with the £3.5m bid there would be two options available:-
Cllr Light, as a member of the Development Committee, said that it would be a phased approach. In the future they hoped to extend further and raised the possibility of providing a café in the current local history gallery.
The Curator said that the lottery funding for larger grants asked for a minimum of 10% match funding, which meant that the society already had the qualifying amounts required for the maximum £5m, even though the decision had been made to apply for the smaller amount of £3.5m.
The Curator said that she had reconsidered having Museum objects displayed in the Café; she had previously seen it at Chelmsford, by the use of show cases placed at a height where they could not be knocked. She thought that it would give any Café a unique Museum feel and become part of the outreach programme.
In response to a comment from the Chair, it was agreed that it was important for the café to be an integral part of the Museum and the Curator said that it was a good way to open up the Museum to other people who were not regular visitors.
The stages and timetable of the process were discussed:-