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Museum’s extensive costume collection displayed

‘Dressing Up’: New project at Ceredigion Museum receives £10,000 funding from The Ashley Family Foundation
‘Dressing Up’: New project at Ceredigion Museum receives £10,000
funding from The Ashley Family Foundation

A MUSEUM in Ceredigion has managed to secure a £10,000 dona­tion from the Ashley Family Foun­dation which is hoped will help in­crease public access to their costume collection.

The grant will fund Ceredigion Museum’s ‘New Approaches – Dress­ing Up’ project, which will see a street-level permanent display installed on the original staircase of the Grade II listed Coliseum Theatre.

The display will feature original posters and other items from the cos­tume collection representing the gold­en age of cinema and theatre when the Coliseum was in its heyday.

The money will also pay for the original doors to be rehung and the floor mosaic to be restored, aiming to improve the visibility of the museum and encourage people to visit.

Carrie Canham, Ceredigion Mu­seum Curator, said: “Ceredigion Mu­seum boasts a fine and extensive col­lection of well-preserved costumes spanning a century and a half, from the Victorian age to the 1980s.

“However, at present, very little of the collection has ever been exhibited and only a handful of items are on per­manent display.

“The support from The Friends of Ceredigion Museum has been magnifi­cent, with the ‘Dressing Up’ project a crucial element of the wider ‘New Ap­proaches’ project.

“It will secure a vibrant future for the museum through developing audi­ences, income streams and creative en­gagement practices.”

In addition to developing a new display area on the original museum staircase, the funding will support the creation of a high-profile temporary exhibition of costume at peak visitor season.

The project will begin with the temporary costume exhibition, ‘Who, What, WEAR, When’, which will be on display at Ceredigion Museum from Saturday July 23 to Sunday Oc­tober 16.

The Ashley Family Foundation, formerly known as The Laura Ashley Foundation, is a charity whose ethos is to strengthen rural communities, par­ticularly within Wales, both in terms of the social and environmental aspects.

‘Dressing Up’ is part of the wider £1.3m ‘New Approaches’ redevelop­ment project aimed at securing the fu­ture of the museum by creating oppor­tunities to generate income and attract more visitors to the venue.

The project has received fund­ing support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, CADW, The Friends of Ceredi­gion Museum and a range of trusts and foundations.

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