Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust, on behalf of Barnsley Museums, secured funding of over £70,000 from the FCC Communities Foundation. The money has been used to refurbish and provide digital equipment for the learning and family space in Experience Barnsley Museum.
The project which will be complete at the end of March 2021 makes the space more accessible, user friendly and comfortable for the schools, families and community groups who regularly use the space.
Work undertaken includes new flooring, installation of sensory lighting, redecoration, new furniture and equipment all of which will have a huge impact on the visitor experience. It is a much brighter, warmer and friendly place, ready for visitors to return when the museum reopens its doors on Monday, 17 May.
Now a much more adaptable area for community groups, there are already plans for tea dances, craft and reminisce events hosted by dementia groups and drop in well-being sessions, when it is safe to do so. The improved accessibility will also make it more usable for people with physical disabilities and sensory needs.
New equipment will make it a creative hub for families and school children, who will be inspired by the new digital technology and can engage with it in their own way.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “It will be wonderful to once again welcome families, schools and community groups back to Experience Barnsley, when it is safe to do so. The learning space has always been a hugely important place for people to interact, develop skills, create special memories and feel part of the community. The improvements will only enhance these experiences and make a huge difference to those using the area. We are extremely grateful to the FCC Communities Foundation for their support in making this space such as special place to visit.”
For more information about the space visit www.experience-barnsley.com