Lottery rejects NRM bid for £13.4 million

THE National Railway Museum is exploring other avenues of major funding after the Heritage Lottery Fund’s shock refusal to back its planned £50 million redevelopment scheme as a part of the city’s York Central rejuvenation.

In April, dismayed officials of the York venue heard that their application for £13.4 million from the Lottery had been turned down.

Will the Hyperloop pod ever make long-distance rail travel redundant? A prototype pod is displayed in front of Flying Scotsman at the NRM. JODY FOSTER/NRM

Director Judith McNicol said: “We will now take some time to review the phasing for the projects that form our vision and how these best fit with the exciting plans for York Central.

“Whilst we are disappointed to receive the news that our Stage One bid to the HLF for £13.4 million to redevelop the Great Hall and create a new Open Store and Wonderlab was not successful, we remain completely committed to our vision.

“Alongside telling epic stories, we have a vital role to play in engaging the next generation of engineers and helping to plug the skills gap through inspiring young minds.”

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