MUSEUM trustees at Uttoxeter's heritage centre are just a month away from submitting their bid for half-a-million pounds worth of Lottery money.
Curator Laura Wigg-Bailey, chairman of Uttoxeter Heritage Trust David Parkes, vice-chairman Nick Wigg and independent legal adviser to the trust Alan Fox met with Uttoxeter Town Council at an extraordinary council meeting to discuss the partnership between Uttoxeter Heritage Trust and the town council.
The Uttoxeter Heritage Trust needs the town council to come on board as partners in order to proceed with the bid and council members voted in favour of the partnership, noting that two members of Uttoxeter Town Council would have to become trustees to the charity.
The reason for the negotiations is due to the fact that Uttoxeter Town Council owns the building where Redfern's Cottage is based.
Redfern's Cottage: Museum of Uttoxeter Life has seen a series of steering group meetings to discuss the future of the venue, as the deadline of September 1, to submit the bid for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund moves closer.
The funding will build a 'complete education programme' for schoolchildren, improve the attraction based on consultation feedback, improve storage facilities and physical access to the building.
Ms Wigg-Bailey said: "Part of our project is to build a complete education programme to cover all year groups up to the end of middle school.
"We've consulted with young people as well and have asked groups of Thomas Alleyne's sociology pupils. Some of the results have been surprising.
"What we want to do is provide more for school groups and the community rather than doing it solely for tourists and improve the offering for local people.
"Events we've got coming up are special tours of the town and a pub trail to add more coverage of the villages surrounding the town.
"We will also be creating an interactive map of the town.
"When we dig up the courtyard area we've decided to combine that with an archaeological dig.
"We will hear about whether we've secured the funding or not in December after submitting our bid by September 1."