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Lotto Millions for Museum

PUBLISHED: 18:18 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:28 25 August 2010

A MARITIME museum will receive £5 million in Lottery funding. The National Maritime Museum will use the millions which were pledged on Monday to create a new entrance directly from Greenwich Park and expand its galleries.

A MARITIME museum will receive £5 million in Lottery funding.

The National Maritime Museum will use the millions which were pledged on Monday to create a new entrance directly from Greenwich Park and expand its galleries.

This latest money from the Heritage Lottery Fund comes after the Israeli shipping tycoon Sammy Ofer donated £20million in March this year to help them build a new wing. Director of the Museum Dr Kevin Fewster said: "The project signals a new chapter in the way the National Maritime Museum relates to its surroundings and to its visitors, creating greater cohesion between all our venues and the rest of the Greenwich World Heritage Site."

The £35 million new wing will sit on what is currently a café area at the back of the museum, overlooking Greenwich Park.

Building work is expected to start in 2009 and finish in early 2012. Meanwhile, the Upper Deck of the museum will have a free morning of activities for under-5s on Friday from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

The morning, which will take a pirate theme, will have songs, stories, games and crafts.

Adult visitors will also be treated to a rare viewing of an original copy of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson dating back to 1863.

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