Over £15 million of lottery cash has been invested into Nottingham’s attractions in recent years after news of a further grant towards the transformation of another landmark is launched.
Following the current £29.4 million developments of the Nottingham Castle, sections of Wollaton Hall and its deer park, including the museum and gardens, will now receive a makeover after the unveil from councillors, museum curators and managers.
Steve Battlemuch, of the Wollaton West ward, said he is delighted to see the plans go through after plenty of involvement.
He said: “It will improve and enhance the tourist attraction. The gardens and the hall are a remarkable space.
“I think the changes to the National History Museum alters the nature of the hall in a positive way that will bring in more visitors.”
The plans have been in the pipeline for a number of years and Arts Council England have supported the initial development while the Heritage Lottery Fund have also supported that with another £95,000 grant.
The project workers are also confident that other funders will follow suit after being invited into stage two from large investors after completing several funding applications.
Peter Forster, Chair of the Friends of Wollaton Park group, is extremely passionate about the attraction, but is actually weary of the extension of the National History Museum.
He said: “I am personally not in favour of the extension of the National History Museum aspect as I have worked there and it is a place thoroughly in my blood.”
Despite his reservations over the changes, Mr Forster is delighted from the support garnered from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is helping transform Nottingham’s biggest attractions.
“Nottingham has done amazingly well to secure these grants and Leicester and Derby have been in the shadows in comparison,” he added.
“It is brilliant that the lottery supports these things and it is very good for the whole community.”
Rachael Evans, museums development manager at Nottingham City Museums, stressed that the project will continue to tell the story of the famous mansion despite some concerns that the Natural History Museum will be changed.
She said: “In the museum there are currently 1,500 objects on display, but we are increasing that to 15,000 and actually having more objects on display.
“We are hoping that people will start to feel reassured, not ignoring the venue but embracing the venue, if we pull them together they will complement each other well.”