A major gift by Shalni and Simon Arora means that Manchester Museum’s plan to develop a permanent gallery on South Asia takes a great step forward.

A significant gift from the Aroras through the Savannah Wisdom Foundation and B&M Retail is the first step towards raising the remaining funds for the Gallery, which will be the first in the country to present both the deep history of South Asia, and the story of the diaspora community in the UK.

Developed in partnership with the British Museum, the Gallery will form the centrepiece of the Museum’s new £12.4 million capital expansion, which will include a much larger space for temporary exhibitions, a new entrance and expanded public facilities.

Work will commence in May 2018 and the finished building will reopen in early 2020. 90% of the funding has now been committed from Government, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), The University of Manchester, foundations and individuals.

Development funding of £406,400 has been awarded from HLF to help Manchester Museum progress its plans to apply for a full grant at the end of August.

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