THE stories of Wells will be retold - thanks to a grant of more than £190,000.

Wells & Mendip Museum has revealed it has received an award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for its project, ‘Search & Learn’.

This was the motto of the museum’s founder, Herbert Balch, and is now the title of a project to both reinvigorate and re-tell the social stories of England's smallest city.

It marks a step change in how the museum tells those stories and includes refurbishment of two galleries, restoration of Balch's study, and the installation of new displays and interactives.

Alongside this will be a vibrant activities programme, and the opportunity to work with new and existing partners.

The award is of £194,600 towards a £300,000 project.

Sue Isherwood, the museum’s chairperson, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, I’m excited that we can now begin to implement our long nurtured plans for updating our exhibition spaces, strengthening our local partnerships and developing our offer to the varied communities of the City.”

David Walker, the museum’s curator, added: “We are so pleased to be able to work on a project that does justice to the city’s rich social history."