New Deal for Cornwall – great news for Truro
Royal Cornwall Museum is delighted to be part of Truro’s transformation plans, set out by the government’s recent announcement of a £23.6 million investment deal. The deal will transform Truro into a modern economic, cultural and green capital whilst creating jobs and new homes.
Jonathan Morton, CEO of Royal Cornwall Museum said:
‘This is a really exciting announcement and offers a great opportunity for the city’s cultural organisations to come together to make Truro a great place to live, work and visit. We are looking forward to working with partners and businesses to rebuild opportunities in Truro and provide a more creative and environmentally friendly programme that supports the local economy.’
The Investment Plan will transform Truro into a ‘Connected River City’, worthy of being Cornwall’s capital and a cultural centre for Cornwall. It recognises the wealth and importance of Truro’s historical buildings and will invest in their future to see them preserved for generations to come.
The plan includes transforming the Royal Cornwall Museum into a contemporary heritage attraction with new exhibition space and a digital learning lab in the heart of the city. It also includes investing in the much-loved heritage building making it carbon neutral and more accessible. These plans will enable the museum to attract 100,000 visitors a year.
Jonathan Morton went on to say:
‘This investment comes at a critical time for the museum. We have started maintenance work to preserve the building, and improve our exhibition galleries and community spaces, but there’s still much more to be done. This investment will help secure the future of the museum as place for our community, where people can be creative, explore heritage and look forward together. We want to make it relevant to the local community and to residents of Cornwall and create a great family experience for visitors who want to learn more about Truro and Cornish culture in an engaging and exciting way. We are really looking forward to being part of Truro’s transformation.’
Royal Cornwall Museum is an independent charity, reliant on its visitors, members and grant funding support. We are very grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Cornwall Council and Arts Council England, and for Cornwall Museums Partnership for their support.