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2m lottery cash for gallery move
The Congress Theatre
The new gallery will be built next to the Congress Theatre
Nearly 2m of lottery funding is to go to a project to find a new home for an art gallery in Eastbourne.

The Towner Art Gallery is to be relocated from its current 18th Century building in the Old Town to a new site next to the Congress Theatre.

The scheme will cost more than 8.5m in total and is being planned because the present building is regarded as unsuitable for development.

The award from the Heritage Lottery Fund was announced on Thursday.

Extensive collection

The gallery building was built in 1777 and was bought by the Corporation of Eastbourne in 1922 for use as an art gallery.

It was named after local businessman John Chisholm Towner who had died in 1920 and left 6,000 in his will for an art gallery in the town.

Mr Towner also instructed that 20 paintings from his extensive private collection of Victorian art were to be selected by the council to go in the gallery.

The Towner Gallery now holds more than 4,000 works of art.




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