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We've Submitted the First Round Bid for Forging Ahead Development

BCLM Forging Ahead First Bid

01 December 2016

Today we submitted our first round bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £9.8m to complete Phase One of our Masterplan for the next 40 years.

If the bid is successful, the Phase One project entitled BCLM: Forging Ahead will see the Museum turn its face to Castle Hill, creating a brand new visitor centre and car park,  as well as the creation of a 1940s – 60s Historic Development in the heart of the site.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) applications are assessed in two rounds, and if successful, this first stage of the project (which is financially supported in principle by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership) will allow us to carry out significant historic research and detailed planning proposals in order to complete a second round bid to HLF  in December 2018.

Several buildings at risk of demolition from across the Black Country have already been identified to be translocated to the Museum site as part of the project. There are also plans to turn the current Rolfe Street Entrance Building into a new learning centre to enable the development of a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) learning programme.

Andrew Lovett, Director & Chief Executive comments: “We are delighted to now be in a position to submit this funding bid which has been three years in the making. If successful, this development will be a significant one and will allow us to complete the Museum’s story. We want to expand and improve our visitors’ experience, enable more people to understand the true significance of the Black Country’s heritage and in doing so, play a major role in the wider regeneration of Dudley by increasing our visitor numbers from 300,000 to 500,000 per year.”

We'll find out whether we've been successful in Spring 2017, and if so will work towards submitting a second round bid in October 2018. This will mark the our 40th anniversary in operation, having opened in 1978 and welcomed 8,903,845 visitors since!

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