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Fundraising for Amberley Museum

We are delighted to announce that we have been offered a grant of just over £130,000 from Historic England for the restoration of our loco shed, loading shed and smithy buildings, near the entrance of the Museum.

These buildings have been declared Buildings At Risk by Historic England and are Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

We have also been lucky enough to have been offered £7,500 from the Garfield Weston Foundation for the same project. However, in order to make this happen, we need to find just over £43,000 further funding. We are therefore in the process of applying for other grants from a variety of trusts and foundations so that this project can go ahead.

As a separate project we have been awarded £9,950 by Awards for All (Big Lottery Fund) for a volunteer co-ordinator for 12 months, as well as training for volunteers, recruitment and marketing including a film and fundraising pack.

Public financial support for the Museum can go into our annual fund which can be found on the JustGiving website here:

Further information on all the possible ways to support the Museum can be found on our website here:

Amberley Museum is a remarkable heritage site in the Sussex South Downs, with 36 acres to explore and over 40 exhibit buildings to visit, focusing on industrial and transport history. Take a ride on the narrow gauge railway and historic bus. Exhibits include the telecommunications hall, electricity hall, working printshop, lime kilns, steam engines and more.

The Museum is home to traditional craftspeople such as the woodturners and blacksmith, with a café, gift shop, nature trails and picnic areas. The Museum is accessibility friendly and dogs are welcome on site. We have been awarded the Kennel Club ‘Best Dog Friendly Attraction Award’ for Days Out 2016.

We are hosting over 50 events in 2017 from children’s activity days to classic vehicle shows. We open 8th March to 29th October. Please see our website for full details,