Bid Submitted for New Museum
Folkestone Town Council has submitted its “Stage Two” bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £1.95 million grant to help renovate Folkestone Town Hall and create a museum and cultural hub. The Council had already won HLF funds to help in developing the bid and has been offered £50,000 match funding by The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust towards the project.
The project is known as Folkestone’s HEART (Heritage, Education, Art, Regeneration, Tourism) and is being led by Town Clerk, Jennifer Childs supported by the councils Heritage Support Officers, who said: “We want the Town Hall to be a vibrant community space that will inspire, educate and engage locals as well as visitors to the town. The central location of the town hall makes it the perfect venue. We want to protect and promote our wonderful heritage for future generations.”
Exhibitions have been taking place at the Town Hall since summer 2013, including shows dedicated to Folkestone’s fishing heritage and to Samuel Plimsoll, who is buried in St Martin’s Churchyard. Workshops are planned for adults and children that will help explain Folkestone’s museum collections and the town’s history. From June 2014 to May 2015 the National Army Museum exhibition told the story of Kitchener’s New Army, its recruitment and training, as part of the centenary commemorations of the First World War.
Town Clerk, Jennifer Childs said “Folkestone Town Council has been overwhelmed by the support it has received from partners, local organisations and volunteers both financially and in terms of expertise and knowledge to drive the HEART project forward. Special thanks go to the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, Kent County Council and the Queen Victoria Memorial Drill Hall Trust for their very generous donations, as a result of which we secured the necessary capital for the match funding required by The Heritage Lottery Fund.”