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£4.9m Lottery Grant to Royal Greenwich Museums

The heritage lottery funding will be used to open four new galleries

Royal Museums Greenwich has received earmarked funding* of £4,981,100 including development funding of £304,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards an £11.9m project.

The ‘Endeavour Galleries’ project will take place over the next three years, creating four permanent galleries in the National Maritime Museum’s West Central Wing, an area previously closed to visitors.

The new galleries will relate to exploration in its widest sense – an investigation, a discovery, and a way of thinking.

Each of the four new galleries will bring the themes alive for people of all ages: Pacific exploration; polar exploration; Tudor and Stuart seafarers; and a gallery showcasing the richness of the Museum’s collections.

The ‘Endeavour Galleries’ project is a response to the Museum’s ever-increasing visitor numbers and the public’s growing fascination with the subjects of the National Maritime Museums - 1.5 million people from Britain and all over the world now visit the site annually.

The project will return 1000m2 of space to public use and provide an additional 40 per cent of gallery space in which to place another 1,000 artefacts on permanent display (an increase of 60 per cent on the current number of objects on display) affording Museum visitors better access to its world-class maritime collections.

Before going on permanent display, key objects will travel around the country and be displayed at several partner museums to engage new audiences in this important history.

The ‘Endeavour Galleries’ project will be completed in mid-2018, to allow the Museum to take a lead role in Cook 250 – the commemoration of Lieutenant James Cook’s departure from nearby Deptford in HM Bark Endeavour on the first of his three voyages of exploration to the Pacific.

The funding follows months after another heritage lottery grant was provided for the restoration of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College.

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