Lottery grant for Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village – home of the National Tramway Museum – is planning a ‘tramsformation’, thanks to a £73,900 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The 18-month project called Tramsformation aims to make the museum more sustainable and better able to manage the heritage attraction.

As well as a strategy review, the museum will undertake a training programme for volunteers.

Two new part-time posts – events co-ordinator and fundraising and development officer – will be created.

Dr Mike Galer, general manager, said: “There are exciting opportunities for staff and volunteers alike to be involved in this project.”

Jonathan Platt, the head of the HLF in East Midlands, added: “It is incredibly important for organisations like the Tramway Museum to be able to be resilient and sustainable, with strong governance and a well-trained volunteer base.”

The site has more than 80 tramcars and related works vehicles in its collection, tracing the evolution of the tramcar from its emergence as a form of public transport from 1860.

The Tramway Museum Society, which operates Crich Tramway Village, was inaugurated in 1955 to safeguard collections relating to tramcars and tramway heritage.