Barton’s Ropewalk Museum successful with £50,000 Heritage Lottery Fund bid
The Ropewalk Museum in Barton upon Humber has just been awarded a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will see all of its archives documented, catalogued and published online.
Ropewalk Managing Director Liz Bennet said she was delighted that the bid had been successful as it would ensure far better access to the collection than was presently available.
“At the moment we lack the necessary facilities to allow visitors or researches access our archives which we hope to expand and at the same time raise our profile even further since the Museum received Accreditation Status from the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council, “she said.
“It was while we were applying for Accreditation that we reviewed our collections and archives and decided that if possible the way forward would be to appoint, if funding was available, a Project Officer on a fixed term contract to enable far greater access to our collections,” Liz continued.
“Thanks to the HLF this is now possible and we will be dedicating an area of The Ropewalk as a research area as well cataloguing the collection and then facilitating the use of the archives and collection through a publically accessible website.”
“This will be a very exciting opportunity to ensure that the history of The Ropewalk and its workforce is accessible to as many people as possible and it will build on a previous HLF grant which saw the publication of two books, Ropeworks and Family Ties.”
The Ropewalk is one of the very few surviving and the only publically accessible historic building which documents Barton’s significant industrial heritage. Dating back to 1767 Hall’s Barton Ropery provided employment for generations of families.
“Even though it closed its doors for the final time in December 1989 The Ropewalk continues to be a powerful symbol of the industrial roots of the town,” Liz went on.