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Trust unable to acquire Gate Lodge

TRUST UNABLE TO ACQUIRE GATE LODGE

The Milford Buildings Preservation Trust regrets to announce that unfortunately at the beginning of January 2014 it has had to withdraw from its project which was awarded a grant of £100,000 funding by Heritage Lottery Fund. The Trust was extremely grateful to have been awarded funding by Heritage Lottery Fund in June 2013 for the purchase of the Milford House Gate Lodge to house and develop the Milford House Museumcollections for public benefit.

 

 

 The Milford House Gate Lodge went on sale on the open market in April 2013. The loss of this grant funding is due to circumstances beyond the Trust’s control, due to the refusal of the owners to sell the Gate Lodge property to the Trust - despite the Trust having written confirmation that it was the only and highest bidder on the property. The Trust wishes to assure the public it did everything possible to make this project a success.

 Part of the grant included funding to purchase items for the museum, to develop the collections and under essential conservation of several of its star items. This element of the funding for conservation and to develop the collections has also been lost, since the grant was dependant on the acquisition of the Milford House Gate Lodge.

 Milford House Museumis an historic house collection which preserves the remaining contents, family possessions andManorHouseSchoolitems which came from Milford House in Milford village outsideArmaghcity. The collections also include the Somerset House London furniture collection and fine paintings. Milford House is the former seat of the Mc Crum family and later home toManorHouseSchool(Northern Ireland’s only country house residential school for girls). It is famous as the first private residence inIrelandto have hydroelectricity and is world famous as the birthplace of William Mc Crum who invented the penalty kick rule inMilfordvillage in 1890. Today Milford House is derelict and one of the top ten listed buildings at risk on the Built Heritage At Risk Register NorthernIreland. The Trust works to protect Milford House and owns theMilfordHouseMuseumcollections which it established in 2005.

A spokesperson for Milford Buildings Preservation Trust said: “We appreciate many local people and indeed people throughout Northern Ireland and in other parts of the world will be devastated by this news as the loss of the grant which is the loss of a major investment in regenerating the Milford and Armagh area and to Northern Ireland, restricting visitors accessing the rich heritage of Milford House, which is of national importance. The Trust wishes to express it’s appreciation to Heritage Lottery Fund for awarding us the grant and to everyone who worked so hard to make the project a success.While this is a setback for the Milford House Museum, the Trust assures the public that we are continuing to work on plans to seeking a new home to develop the collections and make them more publicly accessible.Meanwhile Milford HouseMuseum continues to operate from57 William Streetand we look forward to welcoming visitors”.

 

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