The Essex Society for Archaeology and History is delighted with this news to update the older part of Chelmsford Museum, the "join" of which can easily seen since the 'Bright Sparks' gallery opened a few years ago.
"We are pleased to announce that Chelmsford Museum has received initial support from the National Lottery via the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its £2m ‘Chelmsford City Centred’ project.
"The project aims to renovate older displays at the museum in Oaklands Park and provide a café for museum and park users. Development funding of £76,500 has been awarded as part of the initial support to help the museum progress its plans and for us to apply for a full grant later in 2016.
"With National Lottery support, we hope that we can provide a superb new café facility. This will benefit museum visitors and the whole of our local community, at no extra ongoing cost to the Council, ensuring the museum will become an even greater asset for the City. This grant will also allow us to employ people such as a museum designer to build our case. We hope to restore a ‘toastrack’ railway carriage which used to run along Southend Pier, for display in a special outdoors glazed building at the museum. The Pier railway scheme was devised by Colonel Crompton who was Chelmsford’s foremost electrical engineer at the turn of the 19th and 20th century."