‘City’s businesses and philanthropists urged to support once in a lifetime opportunity’

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City businesses have pledged the first £100k towards the multi-million pound redevelopment of Nottingham Castle. Donations have been received from Brewin Dolphin, Browne Jacobson, Castle Rock Brewery and Russell Scanlan. The £24 million pound project has been earmarked £21m from sources including the Heritage Lottery Fund, European funding streams and the City Council. The £3m shortfall is being raised locally. To achieve this Nottingham Castle Trust is appealing to Nottingham’s businesses and philanthropists to support this once in a lifetime opportunity to transform Nottingham into a thriving tourist destination.

Mike Dickinson of Russell Scanlan is also keen for the business community to get on board. He says ‘half a mile from my office in the city centre is a 17th Century ducal palace which is situated on a site of incredible historic importance. How many other cities can boast that? It’s unique and needs to be better celebrated‘.

Nottingham’s businesses can play a huge part in transforming not only the castle but Nottingham’s future as a leading cultural destination. At the heart of the Castle redevelopment is a renewed focus on Robin and the Rebels supported by a new interactive and participative gallery that will bring to life the story of Nottingham and its Castle in a new exciting and fun way that will appeal to everyone.

It [the Castle] is unique and needs to be better celebrated’ 

Mick Dickinson, Russel Scanlan

To drive forward the local fundraising appeal, The Castle Trust has appointed a team of high-calibre fundraisers who, between them, have generated over £90 million for some of the country’s most famous museums, arts organisations and charities. Jonathan Rennison, who has worked for children’s charities in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Burma, Ethiopia, for Mencap and some of London’s most famous museums and galleries, has a remit to encourage businesses to support the Castle project. He says ‘Nottingham has a long history as a centre of business, innovation and enterprise. Amazing home- grown businesses are now leading companies globally, and a number of FTSE 100 companies are based here. We want to reach out to all businesses in the city to invite them to be part of the Castle project. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get involved in a project like this and we want the city’s employers to play a key role in shaping the future of Nottingham’.

Emma Black has been appointed to cultivate support from individuals and local philanthropists. She has successfully led fundraising campaigns for the Science Museum Group which includes the Science Museum, London; National Media Museum, Bradford; Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester and the National Railway Museum in York. She says ‘time and time again it has been demonstrated that investment in a city’s culture and heritage brings many significant benefits, from improving a city’s fortunes to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. We want to tap into Nottingham’s philanthropic culture to help Nottingham grow and put it on the map as a key visitor destination’.

In return for supporting the Castle project, a tailored package of benefits will be offered to individuals and employers and their staff, including having their support recorded and acknowledged in a prominent place in the Castle in perpetuity, volunteering opportunities and VIP invitations to events and exhibitions.

The Nottingham Castle redevelopment project has received the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Along with the City Council and European funding streams, £21m has so far been pledged towards the scheme. It is hoped that at least a further £3m can be raised locally to ensure that the project’s potential can be realised. The final proposals will be submitted to the HLF in (date next year). Current proposals include a renewed focus on Robin and the Rebels supported by a new interactive and participative gallery that will bring to life the story of Nottingham and its Castle in a new exciting and fun way that will appeal to everyone.

Castle Trust Chief Executive, Heather Mayfield, says ‘I’m delighted that we’ve been able to secure the services of two highly experienced fundraisers who have significant experience in this field. We’re at the point now where we need to better engage all people in Nottingham to widen levels of support from individuals and the business community. We know that the Castle is loved by the people of Nottingham and we want them to join us on our journey of securing its place at the heart of the city for future generations to enjoy’.

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