The Old Stables at Dalby House - Learning and Visitor Centre, Derbyshire

Erewash Museum, housed in Dalby House in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, benefited from a grant to improve its learning and visitor centre.

Dalby House is a Grade II listed Georgian property. It hosts Erewash Museum, a collection dedicated to the history of the house, as well as a photographic collection.

“The project has greatly improved the visitor experience, and has strengthened the Museum’s ties with local people, including the Friends of Erewash Museum.”Helen Martinez, Museum Service Manager

The grant was awarded to Erewash Borough Council to improve access, engagement and learning opportunities for visitors through the renovation of the Old Stables Learning and Visitor Centre. New learning spaces and an exhibition space have been created, while the Coach House has been turned into a volunteer-run tea room. A lift has been installed, and for visitors with restricted mobility, an interactive virtual tour was developed.

The project also includes funding for two new posts: a community development officer and a volunteer coordinator. As a result, over 40 active volunteers are now involved. An events programme to take the Museum won an award at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards in 2015.

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