NRM loses lottery funding

A BID for £13.4million of Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) by the National Railway Museum to redevelop the Great Hall and build interactive attraction has been rejected.

Back in 2011, the NRM failed in a bid for £7m from the Regional Growth Fund that also would have been used to re-vamp the Great Hall.

The latest rejection comes less than 12 months after a bid by the Great Central Railway to build a new museum – an NRM outstation – at Leicester North, with £9.5m of HLF money, was declined.However, the NRM is still planning to go ahead with the redevelopment as part of its £50m overhaul of the museum to fit in with the surrounding York Central redevelopment.

Putting a brave face on the latest disappointment, Judith McNicol said: “While we are disappointed to receive the news, we remain completely committed to our vision.

“We will now take some time to review the phasing for the projects that form our vision and how these best fit with the exciting plans for York Central.”

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