A new floodgate has been installed outside the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds. It comes after the museum experienced the impact of severe weather in December 2015, when the square to the front of the building flooded.
The Royal Armouries received a £20,000 grant from the Leeds Flood Relief Appeal managed by Leeds Community Foundation to support the installation of a floodgate to protect Armouries Square and the museum from future flooding, and also to repair damage to the ground-floor costume storage area.
Commenting on the new floodgate, Andrew Brown, Head of Estates and Facilities at the Royal Armouries, said: “The Royal Armouries is incredibly grateful to the Leeds Community Foundation for its support in providing this defence against flooding.
“Like many businesses around Leeds, the museum was affected during the Christmas floods in 2015. We’re pleased that measures have been put in place to reduce the impact of extreme weather in the future.”
Kate Hainsworth, Development Director at the Leeds Community Foundation added: “The response to the Leeds Flood Relief Appeal was fantastic, with so many individuals and businesses from near and far giving generously. The donations have enabled the Foundation to provide support and grants to allow people to get back on their feet immediately following the floods, whilst supporting longer term flood defence projects like the floodgate to protect Armouries Square.”
As a result of the 2015 floods the Royal Armouries’ costume storage area experienced damage to a number of replica uniforms, armour, period shoes and shirts. Part of the Leeds Community Foundation’s funding went towards repairing the damage and ensuring the wardrobe storage area was made watertight.
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