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AN OUTDOOR museum and archaeology centre has won £30,000 towards refurbishments.

The South Downs National Park Authority awarded the grant to Butser Ancient Farm, near Chalton.

The farm, which features a reconstructed Roman villa and Iron Age roundhouses, is an archaeological research site and now a well-established rural education centre, attracting 15,000 schoolchildren and 10,000 members of the public each year.

The grant will go towards a £200,000 revamp which will see a new entrance building.

There will be new toilets, an office, staff room, store room and education area.

Margaret Paren, chairwoman of the National Park Authority, said: ‘Butser Ancient Farm is a wonderful example of the kind of innovative and energetic local initiatives that the Sustainable Communities was set up to help.

‘The South Downs National Park Authority and Grants Panel are delighted to be able to support this project which will enable both social enterprise and contribute to the cultural heritage of the South Downs for years to come.’

Ken Bodfish, chairman of the Grants Panel Committee, added: ‘The contribution Butser Ancient Farm makes to the education of children and young people is invaluable.

‘We are pleased with the plans to establish a Young Archaeologists Group.’