Whitby Abbey lands Lottery cash

Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire is to benefit from a new museum and visitor centre, and the restoration of a 17th century garden, after a 2.04m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Exhibition design group Past Forward is creating interiors, signage and exhibitions for the site, plus a website. It is working with architect Stanton Williams, which has developed a two storey metal-framed structure to fit inside the shell of a former 17th century banqueting hall in the grounds of the seventh century religious site.

“We are designing quite modern display cases with touch screen technology built in,” says Past Forward design director Erich Kadow.

Further changes will see cars removed from the headland which houses the abbey and the museum and improved pedestrian access for the 120 000 annual visitors.

The Lottery Sports Fund has agreed 3.1m of backing for the London Borough of Hackney’s Watersports Centre. The centre has been designed by architect David Marks Julia Barfield.

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