Sheringham museum’s bid for extension one step closer after plans given the go-ahead
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A maritime museum is one step closer to being able to house a nationally-important lifeboat after ambitious expansion plans were given the green light.
Volunteers at The Mo Sheringham Museum on Lifeboat Plain want to build on the roof of the tourist attraction to create a permanent home for the Atlantic 75 lifeboat.
The vessel, currently in a Norfolk barn, served Sheringham between 1994 and 2007 and was the first Atlantic 75 in operation for the RNLI across the country.
If it is brought into the museum it will sit with three other Sheringham lifeboats dating back to 1904.
The extension would also include an education room with space for more than 100 people and exhibits, an archive and research room to display treasured museum items and a balcony facing the North Sea.
The plans have been approved by North Norfolk District Council but can only go ahead if the Heritage Lottery Fund approves a grant application of just over £1m from the Sheringham Museum Trust. A decision is due this July.
The museum trust needed to raise £126,000 to receive the Lottery grant and needs to raise another £50,000 by September to hit the target.
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Museum manager Philip Miles said the independent museum was up against high-quality projects across the east of England and if the grant bid was rejected plans would be tweaked and resubmitted.
Mr Miles said the extension would stay open in the winter, when the main museum was shut.
'It turns us from being a peak season attraction to an all-season attraction,' he added.
If the grant is approved this summer building work will happen over the winter ready for next year's Easter season.
To make a donation write a cheque payable to Sheringham Museum and post it to Sheringham Museum, Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8BG, or call 01263 824482.