A NORTH Yorkshire Army Regimental Museum has reached the first major milestone in its bid for nearly £720,000 Heritage Lottery funding.
The Green Howards Museum, in Richmond, is planning a £1m overhaul, including new displays, toilets and a lift, as well as employing an education and an outreach officer.
The museum’s collection spans 300 years of regimental history and boasts more than 3,750 medals and awards, including Victoria and George Crosses.
It has now been awarded £51,500 development funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which it will use to prepare a bid for £718,200 in November this year, on top of £500,000 it will raise itself towards the scheme.
Lynda Powell, director and curator of the Green Howards Museum, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have got through the first stage and over the next nine months we will be working towards a second-round application which, if successful, will enable the museum to refurbish three galleries, install a lift and toilets and employ education and outreach staff.
“The total project will cost just over £1m and we have just £100,000 left to raise.”
The Green Howards regiment was first raised in November 1688 for service under William, Prince of Orange.
It first became associated with the North Riding of Yorkshire in 1782 when it was granted the title of “The 19th (First Yorkshire North Riding Regiment) of Foot” after returning from taking part in the American War of Independence.
If the second stage of the application is successful, the redevelopment work will start in Autumn 2013, with plans to re-open the museum in Spring 2014.