Almost There

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is one large step closer to securing the funding for Room to Grow, the museum’s £1.7 million redevelopment project.

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is one large step closer to securing the funding for Room to Grow, the museum’s £1.7 million landmark project set to bring expansion, employment and tourism to Skinningrove’s Iron Valley.

Following its success in securing first-round Heritage Lottery Fund support for the project, the museum is through to the second round of the Coastal Communities Fund. The fund, set up to support struggling coastal communities, has offered the museum the opportunity to apply for £800,000 towards the museum’s £1.7 million target.

Popular demand for the museum’s heritage and education services has more than doubled in the past four years and the Room to Grow project will set out to meet this demand through the redevelopment and expansion of the museum buildings.

The project will see the building of a new exhibition space to display the museum’s burgeoning collection. Larger educational facilities will allow the museum to cater for the growing demand from schools across the region. The large museum space will offer visitors greater and more varied content through permanent and temporary arts and history exhibitions as well as live performances. Environmentally controlled storage, workshops and visitor study rooms will also be provided for the museum’s diverse and intricate range of historical artefacts, ensuring the preservation of Cleveland’s ironstone legacy for future generations.

The expanded museum will further offer greater opportunities for their innovative training programme, helping local unemployed people back into the workforce.

“We are delighted to have the combined support of the Coastal Communities Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund behind this landmark project. We are sorry that so many local bids failed to get through to the second-round but we are positive that, through the Room to Grow project, our local community and economy will thrive through the growth of jobs and tourism.”

– Gill Boag-Monroe, Chair of Trustees

Situated on the site of Loftus Mine, the first mine to be opened in Cleveland, the Mining Museum celebrates the legacy of ironstone mining and the broader industrial heritage of the region. The Tees Valley was the powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire. Her 83 ironstone mines dispatched iron worldwide, forming the fabric of railways and bridges across Europe, America, Africa, India and Australia.

“The new museum will showcase the story of Britain’s industrial heritage, preserving our nationally significant collection for posterity and creating a more sustainable and visitor-friendly museum with far more to offer in terms of education and research facilities.”

– Graham Banwell, Room to Grow Project Manager

In order to secure the full awards of £800,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund and £800,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum will submit second round applications. If successful, construction is set to begin in September 2017.

For more information on the project, visit our Room to Grow page.