Current Projects

Discover more about the current campaigns being undertaken by the Maidstone Museum Foundation (MMF)

Current campaign

Ancient Lives Gallery

Together with museum staff, we are currently seeking funding for the complete refurbishment of the Ancient Civilisations Gallery. This refurbishment will involve the waterproofing and redesign of the museum’s first floor north wing, together with the improved display of artefacts and their interpretation. In addition, there will be improved physical access to the gallery, which is currently reached by stairs only.

The collections within the Ancient Civilisations Gallery will be of Egyptian and Greek origin, collections which comprise nearly 800 objects. They originate from such famous sites as Hierakonopolis, Thebes, Alexandra, and Fayum, and include our very own Egyptian mummy Ta-Kesh, a teenage girl from around 600BC.

Little research has been done on the collections and they are currently underappreciated and underused. Despite this, Maidstone is one of only two museums in the south east outside London to offer Egyptian workshops to schools with collections to match. A third of all workshops Maidstone Museum delivers are Egyptian or Greek subjects, equating to over 3,000 pupils a year.

The total project has been costed at £204,000, to be raised through the following investments:

SourceValueStatus
Source:Maidstone Borough Council Value:£36,000Status:Agreed
Source:Heritage Lottery FundValue:£78,700Status:Agreed
Source:Other local organisations - in kindValue:£8,500Status:Agreed
Source:MMF support Value:£79,000Status:£34,000 raised to date

The MMF’s campaign to raise £79,000 is broken down into two efforts:

SourceValueStatus
Source:MMF reserves, fundraising events and donationsValue:£10,000Status:£6,000 designated
Source:MMF making applications to targeted grant-giving trusts Value:£69,000Status:£28,000 raised to date

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