Whitchurch Silk Museum has appointed Julia Holberry Associates to mentor the preparation of their ‘Preserving the Fabric’ Audience Development Plan.
The Museum hopes that NLHF funding will help it conserve and refurbish the Mill buildings and historic textile machinery to demonstrate silk making on a daily basis, making it more accessible and welcoming. A new exhibition will tell the fascinating story of the Mill, of silk and silk weaving, and of water power to a wider range of visitors. New stimulating learning opportunities for all ages will be developed and the grounds will be improved to encourage chalk stream wildlife. A redesigned shop and café will maximise commercial opportunities.
Julia Holberry is a fully qualified curator and Prince2 Project Manager and is accustomed to managing complex programmes with many interlocking strands of work. As a consultant she specialises in Heritage Lottery Fund bid documents and, since 2003, she has project managed 28 HLF bids and Activity Plans for heritage organisations, tourist attractions and museums, helping clients to secure nearly £109 million from external funders. In the past year she has worked on six successful HLF bids, helping to secure £55.7 million for clients.