Kettering GLaM project receives approval of £3million from Central Governments Get Building Fund

Published: Monday, 10th August 2020

Kettering’s Alfred East Art Gallery, Library and Manor House Museum (GLaM) is one of 300 projects nationally to have secured funding from the Central Government’s Get Building Fund.

The Get Building Fund will stimulate jobs and support economic recovery across the country.

The total project is worth £3.9m and over the next two years will deliver transformational improvements to the facilities.

The project’s objective is to revitalise and extend GLaM to become a Creative and Cultural anchor for North Northamptonshire, which provides a blend of cultural amenity space and teaching facilities, while protecting and enhancing the historical fabric of the buildings.

GLaM is one of 12 projects funded in the South East Midlands (SEMLEP) region. The project will now enter the final due diligence stage, with final funding approval from SEMLEP’s board in the Autumn.

Rochelle Mathieson, Head of Commercial & Economic Development at Kettering Borough Council said: “This funding represents a fantastic opportunity for the borough of Kettering and is fundamental to our cultural-led regeneration aspirations, it will complement the existing High Street Heritage Action Zone, whereby the projects collectively achieve over £8m of investment into the town over the next 4 years. The Gallery recently celebrated its 107th anniversary of it’s opening. Sir Alfred East hoped that the people of Kettering would “find something in the Gallery to make their lives bigger, better and brighter….” This remains a core sentiment of the project GLaM and we look forward to working with SEMLEP on taking it forward.

I would like to thank our partners at Northamptonshire County Council who represent Kettering Library and the British Library led Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Northamptonshire, our dedicated and passionate Gallery and Museum staff, volunteers and friends of; collectively this team have worked hard to develop the ideas needed to make this project a reality.”

Cllr Scott Edwards, portfolio holder for community and leisure at Kettering Borough Council, said: “We  are absolutely delighted  to be awarded this funding .The Gallery, Library and Museum (GLaM) are, combined, a tremendous asset and resource for Kettering  Borough and beyond; this award will revitalise and extend GLaM to become a Creative and Cultural anchor for North Northamptonshire helping us make even better use of the buildings and collections and enhance and integrate the services on offer there.  

The investment will enable the development of a programme of events and activities to strengthen community links and support creative businesses.  GLaM will harness local passion, creativity, innovation, skills, ideas and develop local talent to grow the economy through Culture led regeneration building on a century’s worth of cultural investment making it fit for the next 100 years”