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Signal Tower Museum awarded £143,540 to fund ‘Signal Space Community Garden & Courtyard Café

ANGUSalive’s Signal Space Community Garden and Courtyard Café project at Arbroath’s Signal Tower Museum has been awarded £143,540 from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund UKSPF fund.

The funding will see a significant revamp at the museum, delivering two unique spaces which is designed to improve the user experience of the Signal Tower to visitors, allowing them to convey the story of Arbroath’s maritime history whilst offering fantastic spaces for community involvement.

Rachel Jackson, ANGUSalive’s Museums Galleries Archives Operations Lead said: “We were supported by the National Heritage Lottery’s Steps to Sustainability project, which allowed us to run a series of workshops with local community residents and the creative art group at the Reach Across hub in Abroath who were interested in the history of Signal Tower.

“They were inspired by the iconic building and its role in supporting the lightkeepers on the Bell Rock and with the help of V&A Dundee Community Garden designers Linsey McIntosh and Gary Kennedy – they learnt new skills that enabled them to create plans for the two spaces.”

“We are absolutely thrilled at the award which we think will make a huge difference in a special location in Arbroath.”

The much-needed funding will realise the ideas to transform the garden into a usable space for a wide range of events, and a free safe space for the local community to become immersed in the history of the area.

The garden will offer volunteering opportunities and the courtyard space an area which can be used for events and activities, both renovations are planned to be completed by April 2024.

To date, the Signal Space project has been supported by National Heritage Lottery, Museums Galleries Scotland, Reach Across and Kennedy Twaddle.

More information about the community investment and other exciting project across Angus please click here. 


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