The first funding from Truro Town Deal’s main programme has now been awarded to Royal Cornwall Museum (RCM).
RCM will receive a £476k grant, which will transform the museum’s mineral gallery and will include a state-of-the-art digital lab, enabling people all over Cornwall and the world to interact with the collection.
The investment is the first significant funding award towards the transformation of the museum, and forms part of an ambitious three-year investment programme aiming to secure its future and attract more visitors.
The museum’s CEO, Jonathan Morton, said: “The mineral gallery houses an internationally recognised collection that’s hugely important in representing Cornwall’s rich history as a global mining centre.
“The digital learning lab will enable us to offer workshops and presentations, streaming content about our mineral collection to people around the world. It will also drive footfall into the museum by providing an interactive offer to our visitors and educational programmes.
“This investment from Truro Town Deal into Royal Cornwall Museum is a crucial part of the overall vision of Truro as an attractive place to live, work and visit.”
Chair of the Truro Town Deal board, Alan Stanhope, added: “This is an important milestone for Truro Town Deal – that funding is now with the project and can start to go to work.
“Royal Cornwall Museum was selected as part of our Town Investment Plan for the role it plays in attracting new visitors and enhancing the breadth of the cultural offer in Truro. I’m looking forward to seeing the digital lab in action and benefiting visitors both locally and across the world.”