Somerset Rural Life Museum given funding for major revamp

Somerset Rural Life Museum exhibition in the 14th Century Abbey Barn
Image caption The 14th Century Abbey Barn is the centrepiece of the museum

A museum about the rural history of Somerset has been awarded £720,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding towards a major £1.87m revamp.

The Somerset Rural Life Museum, in Glastonbury, attracts up to 30,000 visitors a year but has not been updated since it opened in the 1970s.

The bid was submitted in May by Somerset County Council, which now has to find the remaining funding.

It will be used to improve access, displays and visitor facilities.

'Sympathetic redevelopment'

It will also help to create a community area for events and local activities and refurbish the museum's 13th Century Abbey Barn.

County council leader David Hall said: "Our redevelopment plans will be sympathetic to the existing fabric of the site.

"It will build on what people have told us is important to them about the museum."

The Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury highlights the social and rural history of the county, through exhibitions and displays of traditional rural crafts such as willow weaving.

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