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Axminster Heritage secures HLF development funding

   
  
 
  
    
  
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  An Axminster carpet on the floor of the Music Room, Royal Pavilion, Brighton (Photograph from http://axminsterheritage.org )

An Axminster carpet on the floor of the Music Room, Royal Pavilion, Brighton
(Photograph from http://axminsterheritage.org )

Trustees of Axminster Heritage were thrilled to secure development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the first phase of their project to redevelop Thomas Whitty House and the Axminster Museum. Axminster Heritage was formed to create a Heritage Centre to tell the story of Axminster’s long association with carpet-making and to showcase the unique national collection of 18th century Axminster carpets. It will also house the relocated town museum, a small shop, community room and offices for start-up businesses. They want to delight and entertain their visitors and tell the Axminster story, ‘from fleece to floor.’

 The AHF funded development work with a Cold Spots Grant in 2014, which enabled Axminster Heritage to apply for this HLF grant. John Church, Chairman of Axminster Heritage Ltd. said

‘As a result of the "pump priming" monies we were able to carry out a detailed market report and enlist the help of a professional advisor for our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our Cold Spots Grant gave us the confidence to move forward and we are most grateful to you for showing your faith in our organisation.’

http://axminsterheritage.org