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Wallingford Museum Delays Build to Seek Funding

The Wallingford Museum has delayed the build of it’s timber-framed Annexe, which was originally planned for this summer, to raise additional funds. The project had already been delayed until 2011, but now the projected cost has risen to £500,000, the museum need to seek additional funding.

West elevation – view from Library car-park by June Strong

The project being undertaken by the Museum is to build a medieval-style two-storey timber-framed building in the back yard of medieval timber-framed Flint House, the home of the Museum. To create a high profile for Wallingford and the Museum by attracting a wide range of public interest. Providing new galleries, facilities for disabled visitors and other accommodation which will help the Museum to attract more visitors and thereby bring more tourists to the town and to create a spectacular public event on the Kinecroft in the heart of Wallingford when the frame is erected.

The Museum’s Chairman, Steve Capel-Davies, explained “We all knew it was a very tight timetable from the granting of the Planning Permission and we have done our utmost to reach the required funding target in time. Even in this difficult economic climate, we’ve had fantastic support from local people and businesses, helping us to raise £50,000 from local sources alone. We are currently pursuing a number of grant applications but their decision dates mean that, sadly, we won’t be able to build the timber frame this summer, as previously hoped. We are still confident, however, that this exciting project will happen, and we shall be continuing our programme of fund-raising to ensure its success.”

The Museum has now decided to apply for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Grant.

Wallingford Museum, Flint House, 52 High Street, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 0DB

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