The Executive Director of Economic Development and Communities submitted a report that sought approval to proceed with a capital refurbishment of the first floor of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, following the receipt of a grant from the Treasury, and sought endorsement of the proposed project works.
The funding was a one-off award and was not the result of a prior application to the Treasury. It was not a contribution to an existing project at the museum. Arts Council England was charged with the administration of the grant. The terms and conditions of the grant were that it must be spent before 31 March 2017.
There was an ambition to develop the scale and scope of what the museums offer in Middlesbrough to develop museums of regional significance, in keeping with the town's position as the city heart of Tees Valley.
The report outlined in further details the project proposals.
The report outlined in further detail that there were two alternative options available:
Option 1 - Declining the offer of Treasury funding and not proceeding with a refurbishment project at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum; and
Option 2 - Using the Treasury funding to contribute to a larger-scale museums improvement project.
the proposed £500,000 grant funded project works at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, comprising the below be approved:
a. Refurbishing the first floor of the museum to create new education and learning spaces;
b. Creating a new temporary exhibition gallery in the main exhibition galleries;
c. Creating new artefact, archive and handling collections and resources to enhance the Cook collections.
The decisions were supported by the following reason:
Approval to proceed with the project proposals as outlined above will result in securing £500,000 investment from the Treasury into improving Middlesbroughs museum offer, providing a better visitor experience and supporting the delivery of the Mayors vision. The project as proposed will ensure that works undertaken are compatible with any future development of the museum offer delivered as part of the Change Programme.