In 2016 We were able to buy the Moravian Church with the help of generous, very generous donors, Julia and Hans Rausing through the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust.
The renovation took more than a year. In order to do it we had grants from:
- The Warden and Freemen of Malmesbury who financed the restoration of the stained glass and the installation of secondary glazing.
- The Leader Project, Vale Action an EU initiative.
- Dyson Ltd donated the hand driers.
- The Hills Group Ltd. who made funds available through the Landfill Communities Fund administered by Community First by Community First for the flooring.
- South Cotswold Rotary Club contributed to the Entrance Doors in commemoration of their 50th Anniversary
- Malmesbury League of Friends who financed the disabled lavatory and the Hearing Loop
- Heritage Lottery Fund contributed to the front garden, work to the rear path and equipment
- Malmesbury Area Board
- Wiltshire Council
- Malmesbury Area Community Fund
- The Worshipful Master and Brethren of St. Aldhelm’s Masonic Lodge Malmesbury
- Malmesbury Carnival
- Jack Lane Trust
- Malmesbury Civic Trust
- The Art Society Malmesbury
- Malmesbury and District Residents Association
Sculptor Melissa Cole was commissioned to design and produce the beautiful sculpture in the front.
Artist Sasha Ward designed the interior glass doors.
Museum Volunteers Chris McAleavey and Melissa Rob designed and planted the garden which is now tended by other museum volunteers.
The work was carried out to a very high standard enabling us to rent out the space to provide income to cover expenses.
We believe that our preservation of the building is much appreciated by the community and is an asset for Malmesbury which has helped to enhance an area of the town heading towards dereliction.
The building which houses the museum collection store is used for educational and cultural purposes to further the work of the museum.
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