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Trowbridge Town Council is delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded them a Development Grant towards the ‘Onwards and Upwards’ project to expand and enhance the award winning Trowbridge Museum, located in the historic Home Mill within the Shires Shopping Centre.

Development funding of £100,000 has been awarded to enable the Museum to progress our plans to apply for a full grant to expand the existing Museum. The project will enable us to conserve a building of significant heritage value and reinterpret and enhance our unique story of West of England woollen cloth production, showcasing working machinery and referencing the industrial landscape. Our expansion will enable us to develop our Learning and Outreach service, improve access to our archives and create more opportunities for community participation and partnerships, learning skills and volunteering through our enhanced exhibition space and programming.

Home Mill was Trowbridge’s last working woollen cloth mill, finally ceasing to operate as a Mill in 1982. Most of the existing building dates from the 1860s and was designed by Charles Underwood of Clifton. It has been the home of Trowbridge Museum since 1990.

‘This is a fantastic way to end a very successful year of celebrating Trowbridge’s heritage’, says Museum Curator Clare Lyall, ‘In 2015 we have been celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the town’s links through our own Magna Carta Baron Henry de Bohun. It is a wonderful thing for the town and will help our continued development as a visitor destination’.

Chairman of the Museum and Tourism Committee, Councillor Glyn Bridges said, ‘Trowbridge Town Council has a track record of supporting investment in services and facilities for the town including leisure, recreation, entertainment, business as well as arts and heritage, the decision of the Heritage Lottery Fund to invest in our Museum is a vindication of the Town Council’s long term plan for the whole of Trowbridge.’

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