26th July 2020 - Update
Planning Application ref: 20/00994/FUL has now been submitted to Malvern Hills District Council Planning Department. Site notices were posted on 26th July and will remain in-situ until 20th August.
Local community members are able to submit their comments of support for the project on MHDC planning portal, which would be gratefully appreciated.
12th April 2020 (Application delay)
Owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF formally Heritage Lottery Fund or HLF) has reordered their funding policies to help the broader emergency requirement. As a result they have suspended all new applications for a period. We are continuing to plan for our funding bid so that we will be ready to respond quickly when they are restored. As a result progress is delayed for an as yet unknown period.
Review of 12th February Open Meeting
We would like to thank everyone who attended the public meeting on 12th February concerning the museum’s possible move to the old Fire Station. Following a presentation by the architect, there was an engaging discussion with valid questions being asked by residents, councillors and business owners and hopefully we have calmed any concerns felt. We are overwhelmed and encouraged by the support and good will being shown by Tenbury residents and we hope to update you with our progress in the near future.
12th February 2020
A public open meeting will be held at Tenbury Community Centre, behind the Regal, Church Walk. The evening will detail our latest plans and designs for a possible move to the old Fire Station, Teme Street. Everyone Welcome. Refreshments available, begins at 7pm.
18th September 2019: BAART HARRIES NEWALL ARCHITECTS (BHN) have been appointed to the project.
3 Architects bid for the contract and they were interviewed yesterday. We selected one, I will advise which one after the documentation has been completed and they have been formally advised.
Mid August 2019:
A press release has been issued regarding the possible relocation of the Museum. We hope this will be the first post put on the website and also on our Facebook. As we progress further information will be put on Facebook and the Website.
Tenbury Wells Museum & History Group
Exciting plans in the pipeline for Tenbury Museum
Following a number of years considering the future for Tenbury Museum plans are beginning to develop for an exciting future in a new town centre location.
The Tenbury Museum and History Group Trustees have been in discussion with Tesco regarding the Old Fire Station building at the entrance to the town. Agreement has now been reached in principle to a long lease, subject to securing planning permission and funding to undertake the necessary capital works to renovate and convert the building into a Museum and Local History Resource Centre.
Liz Finlay, Chair of the Trustees said, “This is a really exciting time for the Museum and History Group. A Condition Survey on the Old Fire Station building has been completed so our next task is to appoint architects to help us draw up the designs for the conversion so that we can apply for planning permission.
We will then need to raise the necessary funding to undertake the work. It has been a long held aspiration for the Museum to move to a central location and more suitable premises. We hope the Old Fire Station will enable us to achieve our ambitions for the museum and the town.”
The Museum and History Group has recently secured an Awards for All grant from the National Lottery towards the costs of the architect fees.
Liz said, “Once we’ve appointed architects we’ll be organising opportunities for local people to find out more about the project. If anyone would like to get involved in the project or as a volunteer at the Museum please get in touch via the volunteer page on our website, we are always looking for more people to join us.”
You can find out more about the Museum at https://www.tenburymuseum.org.uk/
Photo shows: Tenbury Wells Museum & History Group Trustees outside The Old Fire Station
l-r Tracey Morris; Liz Finlay; David Patrick; Phil Rees; Mike Thompson; Monica Rees