Matlock Bath gem gets huge National Lottery funding boost

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s vision for The Whistlestop Discovery Centre in Matlock Bath is to be realised following the award of a National Lottery grant of £83,200.

Made possible by National Lottery players, the funding will enable the Trust to reroof the historically important Grade II listed building and continue to restore it to its former glory.

Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the fascinating project to wake up the Whistlestop will include bringing back the vibrant and exciting community atmosphere the building once had. This will be done with a fully immersive installation in one of the Whistlestop’s rooms that will allow visitors to interact with, celebrate and explore the local cultural history. The Trust will also be looking at collecting memorabilia and interesting facts about the history of the railway and the building itself and hope to include a suspended G-model railway which will run around the building for visitors to enjoy.

“We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has chosen to support this fabulous project, thanks to National Lottery players."
Whistlestop Photo of station taken c.1860

Whistlestop Photo of station taken c.1860

Ellen Fineran, project manager at the Trust said, “We are delighted that HLF has chosen to support this fabulous project, thanks to National Lottery players. It’s a real opportunity for the Trust to ensure the Whistlestop Discovery Centre can be enjoyed for years to come and become a window to Matlock Bath and Derbyshire Dales fascinating history.

“We are now able to work on a full restoration and ensure the sustainable use of this beautiful and iconic building. It’s going to be a key part of Matlock Bath’s tourist season, celebrating the rich heritage of the area and inspiring more people to love Derbyshire as much as we do.”

Whistelstop waiting room

Whistelstop waiting room

Back in May your amazing donations helped the Trust raise over £10,000 through a crowdfunder which they have put towards the match funding for their bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). But the search for matchfunding is not yet over. If you wish to donate, please call the Trust on 01773 881188 or email enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk