10 December 2013

York Museums Trust secures vital funding for renovations with our help

Our commercial property team at Shulmans solicitors has overseen the legal work on two successful funding applications for York Museums Trust, worth more than £4.6 million.

York Museums Trust has received £3.5 million from the Arts Council England for work to be undertaken at York Art Gallery and £1.167 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for York Castle Museum. The funding required variations to be made on the terms of the leases for both buildings, which are owned by York City Council. We handled negotiations with the Council and the two funding bodies, and the resulting legal work.

Andrew Latchmore said: “We have previously worked with both York City Council and York Museums Trust, which helped us to ensure the negotiations were conducted quickly and smoothly. We’re delighted to have been able to help play a part in securing the funding for the renovation of two such important Yorkshire attractions, which are a great asset to the region. We look forward to seeing the end results.”

Michael Woodward, chief operating officer, added: “The team at Shulmans were both efficient and professional while working with the Trust in our bid to secure both funding applications. The £8 million development at York Art Gallery will see it become one of the best regional galleries in the country, showcasing even more of our nationally-important collections and providing the space and conditions needed to attract much larger touring exhibitions which previously would not have been possible.

“The work taking place at York Castle Museum is a huge project and would not have been possible without the funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will be great to be able to mark the Centenary of the First World War with a thought-provoking exhibition, and the refurbishment will give the museum the ability to hold major temporary exhibitions for the first time.”