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Work starts on museum's extension

Holburne museum
Building work at the historic site began on Monday

Building work on controversial improvements to Bath's Holburne Museum has begun.

The £10m design, with its glass and ceramic extension, won planning permission two years ago.

In August 2005 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £520,500 to allow the bid to improve the building to progress

However, campaign group Halt the Holburne described the development as "uncompromisingly modern" and "totally inappropriate for a conservation area".

The new design will include galleries, display areas, education and visitor facilities including a shop and cafe.

The Holburne Museum is a Grade I-listed building in a Grade II-listed landscape.

Around 33,000 people visit the museum each year.

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