£23,325 of funding awarded to Nuneaton Museum

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 17 July 2021

£23,325 OF FUNDING has been awarded to Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery.

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery (Mason Moore / HFP)

The Riversley Park-based Museum were awarded the funding from the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants so that they can help tell the story of Nuneaton Abbey and its importance in the development of the town.

The Abbey once dominated Nuneaton’s skyline and would have been the town’s biggest organisation.

The remnants are now a part of Saint Mary’s Church, and its history has been remembered through local streets names.

St. Mary’s Church will serve as the project partner and work with the Museum to help engage the community in the Abbey Green area with the story of Nuneaton Abbey.

At the start of the project, collections of material held at the Museum will be documented, researched, and photographed by local people with help from a specialist archaeologist.

Throughout the project, there will be plenty of opportunities for people across the borough to get involved – including a medieval-inspired event.

The project will include storytelling and film.

Local schools, volunteers, and college students will be involved.

The engagement will help result in a variety of activities and events, as well as a two-site exhibition at St. Mary’s Church and the Nuneaton and Museum Art Gallery, to explore the history of the Abbey and inspire new audiences.

Cllr. Kyle Evans, Portfolio Holder for Public Service at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said: “This award is a wonderful news and another opportunity for the Museum & Art Gallery to continue to diversify its audiences by taking a very creative approach to its projects.

“The story of Nuneaton and its Abbey is both fascinating and unique.

“It adds so much to an already rich history of the town, and we can look forward to this project both inspiring and enriching the lives of all those in the community who take part.”  

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