The Arts Council of England have announced the Canal Museum will receive £56,000 funding from its Renaissance Strategic Support Fund towards the complete replacement of the time expired gallery lighting. New state of the art LED lighting with automatic zoned
switching will reduce the Museum's carbon footprint, lower energy consumption and operating costs, and improve the display of artefacts. Arts Council Manager Brian Ashley said in an interview on Radio Northampton's John Griff Show: "It may seem a bit boring, it may seem a bit mundane, but for us it's about helping the Canal Museum to run things in a more efficient way and reduce costs in the longer run. As well as being more sustainable in the future, it will make the collections immediately visible to more people."
With additional match funding from the Canal Museum and The Friends of The Canal Museum, the total project value is £61,000. The work is likely to be carried out during the winter months when the Museum is operating restricted opening hours so as to reduce disruption for visitors to a minimum.