The New Museum
The dream of creating a new museum for Creswell Crags to showcase some of the rarest Ice Age finds from the caves has finally been realised.
The £7 million project, principally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional contributions from East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is due for completion in June 2009.
The museum will safeguard the future of Creswell Crags by creating a centre of excellence for telling its Ice Age story to school children, local communities and tourists, and will underpin the site’s national and international prominence. The museum will also assist with the wider regeneration of North East Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.
The new building incorporates state-of-the-art displays, a research and library room, collection storage facilities as well as a suite of rooms for education groups, talks and conferences. From the museum visitors will be able to walk out into the limestone gorge and tour around the prehistoric caves.
The British Museum, a major partner with Creswell Crags, is one of several museums that have already agreed to loan artefacts for display and as part of a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions. Other museums that have pledged to loan objects include The Natural History Museum, The Manchester Museum, Bolton Museum, Cliffe Castle Museum, Brew House Yard Museum, Wollaton Hall, Buxton Museum, as well as material from the Creswell Crags Museum’s store.
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