Fresh cultural quarter planned for Poole

November 14, 2017 by  

A cultural quarter could be used to transform the tourist attractions of Poole.

The vision is to get support for Our Museum Project. Up to £10 million might be allocated to upgrading the estate of Poole Museum. This estate includes Town Cellars and Scaplen’s Court. Local councillors have been encouraged to give their full backing to the initiative. Postcard printing in Poole might receive a boost if the cultural quarter is successful.

Kevin McErlane has prepared a report on the plan and he told the Bournemouth Echo:

“Poole Museum Service is the guardian of Poole’s remarkable heritage for current and future generations. An enhanced museum offer would support many of the council’s strategic priorities and provide a beacon for Poole’s identity as a great place to live, work and visit.”

The hope is that funds can be obtained to make the proposals into a reality. The first move will be to pursue resources from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This might happen during the summer of next year. If that bid is submitted, then further money could be chased. For example, an application to the Arts Council England may be on the cards.

McErlane explained that something must be done because the current offer is not always coping with the number of people in attendance at exhibitions. He indicated that many individuals were less than comfortable when over 50,000 visitors came to the museum last year.

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