Stoke council secures funding for museum kitchens

Shakespeare's Birthplace cafe

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has secured a £90,000 grant to improve the catering facilities at two of the city’s museums.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Hanley and Longton-based Gladstone Pottery Museum will now look to modernise their kitchen offering in order to enhance their in-house cafes.

The funding follows a successful application to Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund. It made a budget of £10m available for 2015/16, with the cash shared out among more than 100 UK museums.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Gladstone Pottery Museum will use the funding to modernise kitchen equipment and purchase locally-produced tableware.

They hope the upgrade will make the facilities more attractive to people looking to hire the venues.

Keith Bloor, the council’s museums manager, told the Stoke Sentinel he was delighted to secure the investment.

He added: “Part of the funding bid is to help museums become sustainable in order to generate income to reinvest and develop facilities.

“We will be looking to replace equipment, increasing the menu and invest in new furniture to make it themed, as well as sourcing local crockery. We will also bring in catering apprenticeships to work with the current staff.”

Councillor Adrian Knapper, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, added: “Success in this bid means that we will be able to further improve what we can offer visitors, making our cafes more inviting with refreshed furnishings, an improved menu offer and more up-to-date equipment.”

It has not yet been revealed if the money will be split evenly between the two venues.

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