Following a recent award by the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is now an incredible 95% of the way towards raising the £1.88 million it needs to build the Long Bridge Wing!

Less than £75,000 remains to be raised and the Trust is asking for help from local businesses.funding total

Terry Green, Chairman of the Trust, says: “The improvements to the Museum will create an attraction for the town that will really put Barnstaple on the cultural map. Businesses can invest in the project and see their profile raised with the 80,000 people we expect to visit the museum each year.”

For businesses who would like to donate, the Museum is offering the following rewards:

  • £5,000 corporate patron: your name on outside as part of artwork, article in the Friends newsletter and opportunities for corporate events
  • £1,000 corporate sponsor: your name on wall of fame and opportunities for corporate events
  • £500 corporate supporter: your name on the Long Bridge Wing’s wall of fame
  • £100 (small businesses): a floor tile with your name on it (ten-year lifespan)

Local businesses that have so far come on board include Brends Hotels as Corporate Patron and South West Archaeology, Roundswell BP / Spar Services and Brewer Harding and Rowe as Sponsors and Supporters. As well as individual private donations, funds have also been contributed by the Viscount Amory Charitable Trust, Barnstaple Round Table, Barnstaple Rotary, Lord Clinton’s Charitable Trust and Barnstaple Town Centre Management. Barnstaple Town Council also contributed to the Development Phase.

To make a donation to the museum development trust please use our paypal link. This is free when funded by the sender’s PayPal balance, bank account or debit card. If you use a credit card to send money, a fee of 3.4% + 20p applies.

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Where has the money come from so far?

This month the Museum was delighted to hear that it had been successful in its £500,000 bid to the Coastal Communities Fund. This was added to the £868,000 confirmed by the Heritage Lottery Fund in March.

The Trust was tasked with raising £245,000 in match funding for the project, and has been working hard to secure pledges and donations from Trusts and Foundations, local businesses and individuals who love the museum and care about its future sustainability.

Most recently, the Garfield Weston Foundation awarded the Trust £75,000, saying: “You have great plans and have done really well with your fundraising to date. On the strength of [our Trustee’s] visit and after discussion with fellow Trustees we would be delighted to award you a grant of £75,000 towards the project.”

Successes to date include:

  • £75,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation
  • £50,000 from the Fullabrook Windfarm Community Interest Company
  • £25,000 from the Foyle Foundation

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