A GRANT of £126,000 from the national funding charity the John Ellerman Foundation will improve the experience of visitors to Hereford Cider Museum.

The site on Pomona Place in Whitecross will use the money to allow greater access to its vast internationally important collection of cider equipment, artefacts and memorabilia.

The Cider Museum says the changes will attract more visitors to Herefordshire and to help them experience the UK’s rich cider heritage while appreciating its place within the global story of the apple.

Dorothée Irving, Head of Grants at the John Ellerman Foundation, said: "We recognise that this is a pivotal moment for the museum as it embarks on a period of transformational change, with a new strategy focused on improving interpretation work, expanding the exhibition programme, and becoming an acknowledged global centre of specialist expertise.

“Apart from the hidden charms of the Museum’s nationally important glassware collection and unique pomona paintings, Trustees were impressed by the Museum’s level of ambition, partnership working and sense of responsibility towards the local heritage community.”