Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum to grasp opportunity presented by £23.6m Towns Fund investment

Article: David Styles | Image: © Royal Cornwall Museum/Twitter

With Truro set to receive £23.6 million from the government’s Towns Fund, Royal Cornwall Museum is aiming to place a revitalised visitor experience at the heart of the county’s tourist offer.

The freshly unveiled Investment Plan for Truro will, prime minister Boris Johnson claims, “help to unleash its [Truro’s] tremendous potential” as the government looks to recast the destination as a ‘Connected River City’.

The scheme includes funding allotted to transform the Royal Cornwall Museum into a modernised heritage attraction equipped with new exhibition space and a digital learning lab. Making the site carbon neutral and more accessible is also integral to the blueprint, which aims to attract 100,000 visitors to the museum each year once complete.

Jonathan Morton, CEO of Royal Cornwall Museum, says the announcement “offers a great opportunity for the city’s cultural organisations to come together to make Truro a great place to live, work and visit”.

The funding, he continues, “comes at a critical time for the museum” with “much more to be done” despite work having already begun to preserve and improve the historic building.

“This investment will help secure the future of the museum as place for our community, where people can be creative, explore heritage and look forward together. We want to make it relevant to the local community and to residents of Cornwall and create a great family experience for visitors who want to learn more about Truro and Cornish culture in an engaging and exciting way,” Morton concludes.

Royal Cornwall Museum’s Towns Fund support is siloed in the New Life for City Buildings project, which will also seek to transform and regenerate unused, historic buildings in Truro city centre.

More information on the £23.6 million Deal for Truro can be found here.