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Bidders wanted for £45,000 construction project at Cheltenham's museum and art gallery

A £45,000 transformation project at The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum in Cheltenham is being put out to tender for construction companies.

The Clarence Street premises are formed of a Victorian museum and a 20th century gallery and the project is designed to link the two.

It also seeks to reconfigure two small exhibition spaces on the second floor of the museum to create a 'maker space' for visitors to engage in hands-on activities.

Sophie Wardell, programme manager at The Cheltenham Trust who run The Wilson, said: "We are proud to manage an outstanding Arts and Crafts Movement Designated Collection, one of the most important in the country.

"We're looking for a team that can put forward a strong creative vision for this space, led by innovative and practical design, which will put our visitors at the heart of the museum experience.

"It's an exciting time for The Wilson as we think about how we make the most of our buildings and update how the collection is displayed and enjoyed."

The Trust have released a full and detailed brief that includes details of the £45,000 budget and the difficulties around timing because of the museum's packed schedule of events.

The budget has been secured by a grant from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Wolfson Musueum and Galleries Improvement fund.

Contractors who have experience in the sector and are interested in submitting a tender should email Sophie Wardell, at sophie.wardell@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk by 9am on Monday October 7.

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