Grant funding for the museum is a shoe-in

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DAVENTRY Town Council Museum could get a brand new look with two donations of nearly £100,000.

They have been given £61,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) while £25,555 has been given by SITA.

Daventry Town Council has also earmarked £50,000 to spend on the redevelopment giving a total of £137,000.

Cllr Lynne Taylor, chair of the museum committee, said “We have had an overwhelming amount of enthusiasm for the project from individuals and groups alike.

“People want to be involved in telling their history. We’re delighted that HLF and SITA share our ambition for the Daventry Museum. We are so excited.”

The money will pay for refurbishing more space for new displays, volunteer training, and improved conservation and security to enable extended opening times. Volunteers will be working with local groups, schools and artists to capture and tell the stories that explore and define our town.

The announcement comes priot to a busy day at the museum on Saturday.

A new initiative called Global Footprint will be launched which celebrates the heritage of the Northamptonshire Boot and Shoe industry. Volunteers who will be working with a filmmaker to record short interviews and loojking for people associated with the Old Stead and Simpson factory.

A 1950s nostalgia exhibition which will also be on display.

The museums hosts work from artist Dominic Wilcox.

This will represent the people of Northamptonshire, through their shoes and people are asked to bring along their old or unwanted lace up brown or black shoes to the museum.

Artist Chris Stilgoe from Long Buckby will also be talking about his work.

The museum opens from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.