Agenda item

E/18/47 Ipswich Museum - Inspiring a New Generation

This report updates Executive on progress made in respect of the redevelopment of Ipswich Museum. It seeks approval:

·         to accept a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Development Grant of £461,600;

·         to accept funds raised by the Friends of Ipswich Museum of £10,000;

·         to commit match funding of £300,000 in order to develop a Stage 2 application to HLF.

Minutes:

108.1   Councillor Jones reported that the Council had been successful in its Stage 1 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and an offer of a grant of £461,000 in order to develop a Stage 2 application for the redevelopment of Ipswich Museum. The Council would need to allocate £300,000 to the project as partial match funding, with the friends of Ipswich Museum also giving £10,000 towards the project.

 

108.2   Councillor Jones noted that this had been the last round of this method of funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and competition for grants had been significant; Councillor Jones attributed the success of the application to the hard work of the officers involved and the Council’s proven commitment to the project.

 

108.3   Councillor Ellesmere commented that it was very pleasing that the Stage 1 application had been successful and that if the Stage 2 bid was approved the project would make the Ipswich Museum significantly better.

 

It was RESOLVED:

 

i.             that the commitment of £300,000, as contained in the capital programme, to enable the development of the Stage 2 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the redevelopment of Ipswich Museum be confirmed.

 

Reason: To provide funding required to develop a Stage 2 application to the HLF.

 

ii.            that the Head of Culture and Environment be authorised, in consultation with the Monitoring Officer and Section 151 Officer, to enter into a grant award agreement with the Heritage Lottery Fund for £461,600 in order to develop a Stage 2 application to HLF for the redevelopment of Ipswich Museum.

 

Reason: This funding will contribute to the costs that will be incurred by the Council to develop a Stage 2 application to the HLF.

 

iii.          that the Head of Culture and Environment be authorised, in consultation with the Monitoring Officer and Section 151 Officer to enter into an agreement with the Friends of Ipswich Museum for £10,000 in order to develop a Stage 2 application to HLF for the redevelopment of Ipswich Museum.

 

Reason:  This funding will contribute to the costs that will be incurred by the Council to develop a Stage 2 application to the HLF.

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