Bournemouth Natural Science Society awarded support by National Lottery and Canford Environmental Ltd

Bournemouth Natural Science Society has received two grants, one a National Lottery grant of seventy thousand pounds and the other a Landfill Communities Fund grant from Canford Environmental Ltd of twenty five thousand pounds, for a project involving the restoration of a lantern roof light, it was announced today. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players as well as that from the Landfill Operator who disposed of the domestic waste from Bournemouth for many years, the project will bring a large lantern roof light above the centre of the Society’s museum back to its original condition when first built in 1880.

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Canford Environmental Ltd (CEL), the project aims to carry out essential conservation work and make improvements that will help protect the museum’s collections for the future. A number of new heritage related events are planned for visitors, as well as a training programme for volunteers so that they can help care for the collections.

Bournemouth Natural Science Society has been in existence since 1903 and moved to its current home on Christchurch Road, Bournemouth in 1920 where it houses valuable natural history, archaeology and Egyptology collections.  The building is Grade 2 listed as being of architectural interest and has been used to provide lectures, arrange field meetings and for education of science related subjects.

Commenting on the award, Bryan Popple, President of the Society said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to both National Lottery players and the local Environmental Body, CEL. The Society’s building has been a centre for the promotion of knowledge of science for almost 100 years, and it’s exciting to think that we are a step closer to helping preserving it for perhaps another century.”

Notes to editors

About Bournemouth Natural Science Society

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers.  It is open on Tuesdays 10:00am-4.00pm and extra days particularly during school holidays.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and 

buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.

About Canford Environmental Ltd

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling operators of landfill sites in England and Northern Ireland to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs carry out projects in England, Northern Ireland and Wales that comply with the objectives (Objects) set out in The Landfill Tax Regulations 1996 (Regulations).

CEL is a local Environmental Body approved by Entrust that received its funding from W H White Ltd the operator of Whites Pit at North Canford Heath which received and disposed of the waste from the Poole-Bournemouth conurbation for many years.