Heritage lottery fund support for Hampshire Chamber venue
8 July 2016
Lucy Johnson a member of Hampshire Chamber's Andover Area Committee is delighted to announce that The Museum of Army Flying has received a major boost towards its ambitious £2.7million development plan by successfully securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The museum, a Hampshire Chamber member, is based at Middle Wallop near Andover and serves as the regimental museum of the Army Air Corps, and also regularly hosts the meetings for the Andover Area Committee for the Chamber. The Museum has recently embarked upon Project Eagle to transform the museum and ensure the engaging and inspiring story of British Army Flying continues to be told for future generations.
Project Eagle will see greatly improved educational facilities and a substantial community and volunteer programme. The expanded and fully accessible museum will house exciting new exhibits, a modernised archive, a new entrance foyer and improved volunteer workshops.
The initial HLF development grant is for £182,500, with a further £1.5million earmarked towards delivering the project at the end of 2017 (subject to a second application). The programme is likely to take up to five years to complete and the Museum will need to fundraise a further £1million itself.
Lucy Johnson, who is the Marketing Manager at the Museum said ‘We are really excited to get started on this project which will be transformational for the Museum. We have a large fundraising target to achieve but the whole team is behind it and we hope that the local community will get involved as well.”
The Museum and Apache Café are used regularly by Chamber members for their meetings, and many local businesses and networking groups have used the Museum for away days, dinners and training sessions.
Fundraising for all aspects of Project Eagle is already underway and donations can be made via the Museum’s website at www.armyflying.com or by calling 01264 784421.