Gallery revamp at Norwich Castle

JON WELCH Some of the most frequently asked questions by visitors to Norwich Castle are set to be answered, thanks to a £60,000 grant.

JON WELCH

Some of the most frequently asked questions by visitors to Norwich Castle are set to be answered, thanks to a £60,000 grant.

Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service has been awarded the cash by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.

The grant will be used towards the re-display the popular Foreign Mammals Gallery at Norwich Castle as a "Collectors' and Curators' Gallery", focusing on the story of the Victorian collectors, and later curators, who created the collection at the castle.

The display will seek to answer some of the questions most often asked by visitors. It will explain who killed the animals and why, how the animals ended up at the castle and how they were stuffed.

Also explored will be current conservation issues such as global warming and habitat loss.

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Visitors will be able to discover fascinating tales of adventure and exploration through the stories of Margaret Fountaine, Sir Saville Crossley and leading local naturalist, Ted Ellis.

The project will also improve the popular and much loved Norfolk dioramas created by Mr Ellis in the 1930s

Costs for the project total £90,000. The Friends of the Norwich Museums have already pledged £5,000 towards the project and fundraising for the remaining amount continues.

The re-displayed galleries will be launched in summer 2009.

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