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Shining a light on Tiverton Museum

Tiverton Museum is celebrating as museum lighting has been upgraded thanks to a grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The museum has been working closely with a local firm, J.V.Lee Electrical to replace over 300 lights around the building – nearly all of which have now been upgraded to LEDs from halogen and fluorescent lamps. This will significantly reduce the museum’s carbon footprint by approximately 80%. The museum’s finances should see a positive impact as the project is anticipated to considerably reduce the museum’s energy bills. The LED lamps are also better for the objects on displayas they emit less ultra violet light and produce less heat.

This project has been possible thanks to Viridor Credits, which contributed over £15,400. A further £2000 was awarded from the South West Museum Development Programme, and £225 from Tiverton Lions Club.

Pippa Griffith, Museum Director, says ‘This has been a vital project for the museum. The funding from Viridor Credits has enabled us to transform the lighting throughout the museum reducing our carbon footprint and running costs. Julian and his team at J.V.Lee Electrical have been incredibly helpful. As a registered charity, we struggle to meet the ongoing maintenance for our listed building. Support such as this enables us to secure the future of the museum as a popular community resource and repository of local heritage.’


Gareth Williams, Operations Manager at Viridor Credits, said “small changes, funded by the Landfill Communities Fund, can make a big difference to organisations like Tiverton Museum. The new lighting will reduce overheads and allow them to channel funds to improving the visitor experience, as well as reducing the impact on the environment.”

 


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