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The Sky’s the Limit - Royal Observatory Greenwich awarded £140k Funding Grant

The money will be used to open new galleries in the Flamsteed apartments of the Observatory

Royal Museums Greenwich has received a £140,025 funding grant from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.

The money will be invested in transform the Flamsteed Apartments of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, part of the Royal Museums Greenwich, into a suite of permanent galleries, exhibiting objects relating to the Astronomers Royal and their families.

The new galleries will tell the stories of the men, women and children who lived in the Flamsteed Apartments, and bring them to life for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit from around the World each year to experience the iconic Observatory.

On display in the apartments will be objects, many of which going on display for the first time ever, that will include, a beautiful 18th-century wedding dress, artwork made by the children that lived at the Observatory and household bills that illustrate the rich diet of the occupants of Flamsteed House.

The refurbishment of the Flamsteed Apartments is a response to the public’s growing desire to learn more about the human stories behind these rooms and will provide visitors to the Observatory with a more dynamic and engaging experience.

The display of collections relating to the Astronomers Royal and their families will be accompanied by interactive labels to delve deeper into their lives, and audio content to recreate the feeling of a home where people, ate, played, loved, argued, slept and entertained.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said of the funding initiative: “The Government is committed to supporting the arts and making sure our marvelous museums and inspiring galleries continue to be accessible to all. Thanks to the generosity of the Wolfson Foundation our cultural destinations in communities across the country are going from strength to strength and remain much loved places to visit and explore.”

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation said: "This partnership between the Wolfson Foundation and DCMS is an exemplar of how a charity and government can work together. We are delighted to be funding so many wonderful projects across the length and breadth of the country. The country's museums and galleries continue to be an inspiration."

The project will be completed in February 2016 and the Apartments will re-open their doors to the public in March 2016


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