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Schoolroom's set for pounds 200k; Grant to improve Cook museum.

Byline: ANDREW PAIN

GREAT Ayton's historic Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum has been awarded a pounds 200,000 grant for improvements.

The Grade II-listed building, where the great explorer and navigator James Cook was educated between 1736 and 1740, will receive a full refurbishment re·fur·bish  
tr.v. re·fur·bished, re·fur·bish·ing, re·fur·bish·es
To make clean, bright, or fresh again; renovate.



re·fur
, including the addition of an internal staircase, and extra training for volunteers.

The museum, founded in 1928 by local historians, is hoping to have the work completed through the winter to re-open next spring.

The grant has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Chairman of the museum trustees Gary Readman said: "We are all absolutely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this grant.

"As well as existing displays about the young James Cook and the school in Great Ayton Coordinates:

Great Ayton is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire on the edge of the North York Moors in England. The name Great Ayton is thought to derive from Ea-tun, tun meaning farm and 'ea' meaning river.
, there will also be a new emphasis on the history of the village, incorporating research done by the Great Ayton history society over the last six years.

"We also expect to recruit more volunteers to staff the museum, and they will be trained to answer visitor questions about local and family history as well as the career of Captain Cook."

The schoolroom was rebuilt after Captain Cook had gone on to undertake his voyages of the Pacific and later became a poor house for destitute des·ti·tute  
adj.
1. Utterly lacking; devoid: Young recruits destitute of any experience.

2. Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished. See Synonyms at poor.
 people from the village.

It is hoped the work will help attract more visitors and give the museum a higher profile.

Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire, said: "Investment into the Cook museum will bring it back to the heart of the community by offering opportunities for everyone to get involved in this world-class heritage on their doorstep."

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IMPROVEMENTS: Gary Redman pictured outside the Great Ayton museum, above, and a previous Gazette story as it opened for the summer season in March, left - Gary Readman, chairman of trusteesat the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum, on the left. Also pictured is trustee and historian Dan O'Sullivan inside the museum Picture by IAN COOPER

For other people named Ian Cooper, see Ian Cooper (disambiguation).


Ian Cooper (born in Bradford) is a retired English football player who played professionally for Bradford City between 1965 and 1977, making nearly 450 appearances for the
 
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 9, 2012
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