Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 1°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Stowmarket: Museum of East Anglian Life gets £100,000 sustainability loan says director

08:55 20 March 2014

The team at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket

The team at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket

Archant

One of Suffolk’s biggest tourist attractions has received a major boost with a £100,000 loan to increase its sustainability, the EADT understands.

shares

The Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL), in Stowmarket, has been promised the money by Mid Suffolk District Council, according to its interim director Nick Winterbotham.

The money would be on top of the existing £20,000 a-year it receives from the authority.

District council leader Derrick Haley said the museum is a key part to the area’s economy.

He said: “There is no way we would not support MEAL – it’s an important asset to Stowmarket.

“We would not in any shape or form not support it because it’s an integral part of the economy.

“We would not wish to see anything happen to MEAL that would be to the detriment of the Stowmarket area.”

Mr Winterbotham said it was the museum’s level of engagement with the community which meant it continued to have the support of the council which “believes in what it does”.

“We completely welcome that level of support and long may it last and long may we supply something that is of value in the same way,” he said.

“They are being really supportive. I guess it relates to having a long-term relationship. We see all councils as being a partner, as much a part of what they do and what we do.”

He said the museum would remain a charity but would become more business focused to generate more turnover.

The museum is currently going thought a transition period, which means it is likely to see its council grants reduced in the future, he added.

Bosses at the 75-acre heritage site are working to broaden the appeal of the museum by putting on major events and enabling it to host weddings.

The loan can begin to be paid back after two years, Mr Winterbotham said.

On Sunday it will host Stowmarket Day, where visitors can enter at the equivalent price to that of a 1967 ticket.

shares

0 comments

The accident happened on the A12 at Chelmsford

All lanes have now reopened on the A12 at Chelmsford following an accident in which a man died this morning.

Ryan Fraser in agony clutching his hamstring on the sideline at the end of the QPR match

Ipswich Town loanee Ryan Fraser is set to be sidelined for six to eight weeks with the hamstring injury he sustained in the latter stages of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at QPR.

Work has started in Colchester to clean up the chewing gum on the streets.
L-R Lee Western,Cllr Beverley Oxford,Cllr Tim Young,Cllr Bill Frame.

Streets in central Colchester are being deep cleaned in a bid to free them of chewing gum.

Stafford Whiston (left) with murdered son Jay Whiston (right)

The father of a murdered Essex teenager was confronted by a knife-wielding man who came into his shop and threatened to kill him, a court has heard.

Sunny afternoon here in Felixstowe

Here we bring you the biggest stories from around East Anglia - as well as your photos of the day.

Delegates at an Innovation Martlesham event this week celebrating the inclusion of Ipswich in the new TechNation report on the UK's leading technology clusters.

Digital businesses in and around Ipswich are worth nearly £200million to the local economy and employ nearly 10,000 people, according to a new study.

Stick-on artist’s impression of Ipswich station refurbishment

Passengers waiting to board trains at Ipswich may have noticed hoardings depicting the station’s soon-to-be refurbished ticket office.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24