We are delighted to announce our project at Wardown Park Museum has been awarded £1.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project, led in partnership by Luton Culture and Luton Borough Council, is now just £200,000 away from its £3.5m target, needed to fully restore and conserve the museum.
Originally designed in 1872 as a private residence, the house was used as a military hospital during the First World War before becoming a museum in 1931.
The grant will enable new areas of the building to be opened up and the ground floor improved and furnished, making the building fully accessible to give visitors an insight into a wealthy family home during the Victorian period.
A new café will also be created with access to the park, and the Morning Room will become a new art gallery and events venue.
Redevelopment works are expected to start around April 2016 and be completed in the autumn.