Brickworks museum reopened after works

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BURSLEDON Brickwords in Swanwick has been reopened following a makeover funded by the The Heritage Lottery Fund.

The fund launched the new museum yesterday following a grant of £666,300, awarded in 2012.

Over the past 18 months, the museum has undergone a revamp with improved access to the site being at the core of the project.

Thanks to the money, it is now open three days a week with a plan to open more often in the future.

The museum’s August Gala Day was held yesterday to coincide with the reopening.

A ribbon was cut and was followed by live music.

Bill Fergie, chairman of Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, which owns the site, said: ‘Finding a future for the brickworks has been a long struggle with many ups and downs.

‘The work that the Heritage Lottery Fund has helped us undertake has made us much more optimistic about its future.

‘Their generosity has been matched by the equally generous way all the professionals and volunteers associated with the site have given of their skills and time in recent months.’