Work is underway to create a flexible learning and activity space at one of the region’s top visitor attractions.

The new development at Sunderland Museum, Library and Winter Gardens will help bring the museum’s collections to life by providing flexible space for visiting school groups, meetings and family activities.

It has been made possible thanks to £156,000 grant to Sunderland City Council from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation earlier this year.

Councillor John Kelly, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture at Sunderland City Council, said: “This is the latest in a series of improvements aimed at attracting new visitors to the museum and encouraging more people of all ages to come and enjoy its collections.

“The new flexible space will make for an improved visitor experience by providing the opportunity for an exciting and changing programme of activities in and around the collections.”

The new learning space is expected to open in November 2019.

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