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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 September, 2003, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
Cash boost for empire museum
Empire and Commonwealth Museum
The cash grant will be used for conversion and restoration
A Bristol museum has been given a lottery heritage grant of 50,000 as it celebrates its first birthday.

The British Empire and Commonwealth Museum is housed in the old Bristol train station at Temple Meads.

A spokesman for the museum said staff now planned to extend the conversion and restoration of the Grade-1 listed building by the end of 2006.

New designs would include expansion of the museum's permanent galleries into the old passenger shed and the creation of state-of-the-art research, education and visitor facilities.

Nerys Watts, of the heritage lottery fund said: "We are very happy to help the museum to improve such an historic building and expand its capacity.

"As well as its many visitor benefits, the project will help to integrate the museum into the Temple Quay area and maximise its potential as an important heritage resource."

To celebrate its anniversary, the museum is to offer free admission to visitors on Friday, 26 September.

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