Suffolk museums get a share of £300,000

Gainsborough's statue, Sudbury
Image caption Gainsborough's statue was re-unveiled in Sudbury on its 100th anniversary earlier this year

Three Suffolk museums are getting funding of £300,000 between them to increase their visitor numbers.

The National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket gets £127,500 towards its £15m project to move to the Palace House and stables.

Gainsborough's House in Sudbury is getting £85,000 while the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket has been given £97,000.

The money has been allocated by the publicly-funded Arts Council.

Image copyright National horseracing museum & GWP architecture
Image caption The Home of Horseracing project is being created in Newmarket town centre

Gainsborough's House, which is a museum based at the house where the 18th Century artist Thomas Gainsborough grew up, has about 20,000 visitors a year.

It wants to employ a marketing officer to increase that to 25,000 and a commercial officer to improve its shop.

The Museum of East Anglian Life said it would use its money to improve its engagement with the community.

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