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Geffrye Museum secures £12.3m from National Lottery for £15m revamp

PUBLISHED: 10:16 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:16 31 March 2017

Cross section plan for museum

Cross section plan for museum

Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye has secured £12m towards its £15m revamp, which is set to open up previously unexplored parts of the museum of the home.

Impression of how restored Geffrye Museum library will lookImpression of how restored Geffrye Museum library will look

The National Lottery has pledged £12.3m towards the £18.1m Unlocking the Geffrye project, which will also see a former Victorian pub turned into a café and arts space.

The museum in Kingsland Road, Hoxton, has already raised £4.3m, so only needs a final £1.5m to make its vision a reality.

Sonia Solicari, director of the Geffrye, said “This National Lottery grant is a massive boost and endorsement for the project, for which we are hugely grateful.

“With this crucial funding secure, alongside the £4.3m we have already raised, we can now press ahead with raising the final £1.5m to make our vision a reality.

“With support from trusts and foundations, donors and our visitors we will make the Geffrye a better, even more inspiring place for all.”

After the renovations, 70 per cent of the museum’s buildings will be open to the public - as opposed to 30pc now.

A new entrance will be installed opposite Hoxton Overground Station, and new gallery spaces in the 18th century Grade I-listed almshouses will exhibit artefacts currently held in storage.

A pavilion in the museum’s gardens will be used for educational activities

Councillors on Hackney Council’s planning committee gave the ambitious project the green light last year.

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