Funding Bid Put In For Seahenge Home In King's Lynn
Museum chiefs are awaiting the outcome of a funding bid which could pave the way for Seahenge to go on public display in West Norfolk.
Norfolk's museums and archaeology service has submitted a £900,000 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the redevelopment of Lynn Museum at King's Lynn.
Earlier this year county councillors decided that the Bronze Age timber circle, which was discovered on the Le Strange estate at Holme near Hunstanton in 1998, should form the focal point of the £1.2m project.
Organisations including West Norfolk council have already agreed to make financial contributions towards the revamp.
A bid for £85,000 capital funding from Norfolk County Council has also been submitted.
Area museums officer for West Norfolk, Robin Handley, said that they should know the outcome of both bids in the spring.
"We have obviously put in as strong a bid as we can. We have had support from heritage organisations to demonstrate to the Heritage Lottery Fund that the bid is supported locally".
"The borough council has indicated its support as has English Heritage. It is a really substantial piece of work and it has taken six months for us to put together," he said.
Dr Handley said that Seahenge would form part of a display telling the story of Lynn and West Norfolk.
"We want to put Seahenge in the context of the archaeology of the area," he said.
"We are not only wanting to create an exhibition but to put in lots of interactive elements and real objects on display. We have an excellent collection and during a consultation of people before the bid was put in they said they wanted to see lots of artefacts."
From the EDP website.
Posted by Rhiannon
1st October 2003ce
Edited 1st October 2003ce