Work on £4.8m upgrade to Southsea’s D-Day Museum to be discussed at meeting

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WORK on the plan to turn Southsea’s D-Day Museum into a national centre of excellence is to be discussed at a public meeting.

It comes after chancellor George Osborne revealed in his Autumn Statement that he will award £600,000 towards the £4.88m project to upgrade the attraction.

Tory culture boss Linda Symes will hear from council officers at a meeting on December 11 how the plans are going and the work done to secure more funding.

A report by the council’s director of culture and city development said colleagues and external specialists have worked ‘flat-out’ to do everything required to submit applications for money.

Consultation has been carried out over the plans and around 500 people have submitted their views, either online or through focus groups. The report says the council has been ‘surprised at the level of enthusiasm’ for the project and views expressed has given the authority ‘greater confidence’ delivering the project.

The intention is to modernise all exhibitions and bring resources, such as an 83m Overlord Embroidery, into the 21st century.

The council will find out in the new year whether The Heritage Lottery Fund will agree to contribute £4m so the scheme can go ahead.