Framework Knitters Museum wins National Lottery support!

The Framework Knitters Museum has received initial National Lottery support for an exciting new project called ‘A Right Good Yarn.’ This is the official name of our Redevelopment & Expansion project.

Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to expand the museum into an adjacent property called Gunn Cottage (pictured below), that was purchased in 2013, and redevelop our existing space. The monies will also allow vital conservation and renovation works to take place.

Development funding of £114,300 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help us progress our plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date.

‘A Right Good Yarn’ will transform the Framework Knitters Museum site, enabling new displays and exhibitions to be installed as well as providing an enhanced visitor experience. There’ll be a new visitor route connecting the museum’s three sites, as well as new and improved shop and café facilities. The additional space will also enable us to expand our popular programme of events, which include an annual 1940s day, the forthcoming Victorian Christmas fair on Saturday 1 December 2018 and the recent Steampunk day.

The museum aims to fully involve the local community in the project through a consultation process, as well as engaging new and existing volunteers and staff. Existing educational links with local universities and other institutions will be strengthened, and we will be better-placed to engage new and more diverse audiences, including hard-to-reach groups.

The Framework Knitters Museum is a unique surviving example of a nineteenth century framework knitters’ yard. Our collections and displays, which are housed in a complex of frame shops, cottages, outbuildings, gardens and a former chapel, tell the story of framework knitting from inception to obsolescence. The Chapel Art Gallery is a focal point for the local community and is used by numerous groups and societies, as well as hosting regular art exhibitions and museum events.

Commenting on the award, Chair of the museum’s Trustees, Professor Julian Ellis, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. We are excited about the future of this museum and plan to have the extended museum complete in time for our 50th anniversary in 2021.”