THE National Glass Centre in Sunderland is to get a £2.5m revamp.
The ambitious redevelopment programme aims to boost visitor numbers even further at one of the region’s premier cultural attractions, and work will begin later this month.
The project, which will see major improvements to the centre’s gallery and learning spaces, has been made possible with grants of £750,000 from Arts Council England; £337,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £50,000 from the Foyle Foundation.
This was coupled with £975,000 from the University of Sunderland.
Director of the National Glass Centre, James Bustard, said “This investment will strengthen the centre’s reputation and enable us to play a major role in the growing cultural landscape of Sunderland and celebrate the city’s rich glass-making heritage.”
Professor Peter Fidler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, said: “National Glass Centre is such an important cultural venue for Sunderland and the wider North-East region.
“That is why we took over the running of the centre and put forward a vision that would make it a venue with national significance.”