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St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

lottery heritage fundThe St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust (“the Trust”) has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (“HLF”) for their project, enhancing fundraising for the future. The project will help the Trust develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve a step change in their ability to attract investment and donations from individuals and companies to support the plans for the museums and wider culture and heritage.

The Trust is a key fundraising partner for St Albans City and District Council’s (“SADC”) plans to move the Museum of St Albans, including the University of Hertfordshire’s gallery, from its current home in Hatfield Road to the Grade II* listed Town Hall providing the city with a fantastic centrally located Museum and Gallery. The Trust will be working with the Museums Service of SADC to raise over £1.5 million towards the new Museum and Gallery. The Trust will also be involved in raising funds to purchase the Sandridge Hoard, a collection of late Roman gold coins, which has recently been declared treasure by the coroner’s court.

The money has been awarded from the HLF’s Catalyst programme. The scheme is designed to help organisations diversify their income streams, attract significantly more funding by increasing their fundraising potential and help them to develop and explore innovative approaches to securing private donations.

Mike Gray, Chair of the Trust said: “This grant from the HLF is gratefully received and will aid us in attracting private investment and donations and securing income streams for the future benefit of culture and heritage in and around St Albans”

Anne Main, St Albans MP and a patron of the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust, said:
“It is essential if we are to maintain the thriving culture of St Albans that investment goes into securing the long term future of the fascinating and valuable work of the Museums and Galleries Trust. The Museums are a great educational resource as well as being some of our top tourist attractions. I hope that this grant will help the Trust to achieve a step-change in its fund-raising capabilities.”

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “We are delighted that this grant will equip the members of the St Albans Museum and Galleries Trust with the skills they need to increase their fundraising potential. St Albans has a rich history and by fundraising to sustain these services it will ensure that people can continue to engage with their heritage.”