Museum awarded £423,000 funding

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TRUSTEES at a town museum were celebrating this week after they landed a £423,000 Lottery grant to transform its future.

Mildenhall and District Museum is set for a new era after the Heritage Lottery Fund agreed to hand over the cash to fund a range of improvements.

The news means that the museum will now be able to build an extension to keep the Anglo-Saxon horse and warrior which was discovered in nearby Lakenheath.

A new activity manager can now be hired, with learning programmes and outreach activities also to be introduced.

Peter Merrick, trustee, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this news.

“It makes all the hard work putting the application together worthwhile.

“We’ve wanted to house the horse and warrior and we’re very pleased that it will stay in the area where it was found.”

Robyn Llewellyn, head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “The team of volunteers at Mildenhall have done a fantastic job in drawing this project together.

“Thanks to their hard work, and with our support, Mildenhall Museum will be transformed creating new opportunities for the local community and visitors from further afield to explore the fascinating history of the local area from the Anglo Saxon era to the present day.”