£616,000 for Wisbech and Fenland Museum
Historic England’s grant funding of £616,000 for Wisbech and Fenland Museum is excellent news that will save a building of both national importance and immense local pride and significance. The Grade II* listed museum, which was one of the first purpose-built museums in England and houses the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations among other treasures, is in sore need of repair with major roof and drainage problems damaging the historic interior. Dating from 1846-7, many generations from across the constituency will have visited the Victorian museum to admire the Classical Greek architectural features and the original period interior elements, not to mention the fascinating exhibits. I can clearly remember my first visit. I know this grant will be welcomed by the community for safeguarding this special building and its contents for generations to come. Repair work on the roof will begin in the spring and the independent charity that runs the museum supported by the Friends, volunteers and other local and national organisations will continue to fundraise for the match funding to complete the project. The museum is closed now due to lockdown but I urge you to pay a visit at your earliest opportunity to see for yourself.