After an extensive £2.7 million redevelopment of the galleries, educational and hospitality spaces, the Lapworth Museum of Geology is welcoming visitors once again.
On 10 June the Lapworth Museum hosted a preview event, with Dr Keith Palmer OBE, lead individual donor to the project, delivering the key note speech to mark this special occasion. The Museum was officially re-opened on 21 June by alumnus, donor, and Nobel Prize winner, Sir Paul Nurse FRS.
The Museum features a stunning restoration of the historic main hall, new galleries and innovative exhibitions. It holds one of the finest and most extensive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands. This includes mineral and gem collections, containing more than 15,000 specimens from all over the world with rare, colourful and exquisite crystal forms. The museum will showcase a variety of exceptional objects, many of which have not previously been displayed.
Building on the success of the Museum’s reopening, the Arts Council England has recently awarded the Lapworth Museum £58,184 to undertake an exciting and innovative new Development and Sustainability project. The Lapworth Museum is one of 14 Midlands museums to be awarded funds aiming to build resilience in the sector. The funding will enable the Lapworth to work with a diverse range of museums, to effectively utilise new resources, and to share best practice with the wider museum and heritage sector.
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, says, “In the Midlands we’re fortunate to have an exceptional mix of museums on our doorstep housing local histories and national treasures. We believe these museums – and the objects they keep safe - play a vital part in community life, helping us celebrate our heritage, deepening our knowledge of the world around us, and entertaining people of all ages. This latest investment from our Museum Resilience Fund is about helping our region’s museums become more sustainable businesses so their rich collections can be used and enjoyed for many years to come.”
If you haven't done so already, please visit the Lapworth Museum soon.