The new museum reopened in August 2016 following a £4.5m Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment and conservation project. Since then we’ve seen doubled visitor numbers, a host of awards and lots of exciting new events and activities made possible due to the fabulous new facilities. A short film of the redevelopment can be seen on our YouTube channel at as well as some of the activity that we’ve undertaken over the last twelve months such as the Wellcome Trust funded research on the skeletons, ‘Time in the Ice House’ arts commission and Halton Castle excavations. The HLF funded project officially ended recently and we are tremendously grateful to the players of the National Lottery and Halton Borough Council in particular for transforming the museum so successfully. We also want to thank  our visitors and volunteers for many years of support. The project itself received funding from the Wellcome Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, WREN, Granada Foundation, Wolfson Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Arts Council England and Pilgrim Trust as well as donations from individuals and philanthropists. Thank you – 2018 promises to be just as exciting!