Bridging the Gap

A project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Hot on the heels of the long-anticipated restoration of the Grade II* listed Bennerley Viaduct and its opening as a walking and cycle way, the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct’s project, Bridging the Gap, will start in March 2022, made possible by a grant of nearly £250,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. This will help to secure the future of the “Iron Giant”.

A key element of Bridging the Gap will be a close link with the Erewash Museum in Ilkeston which will act as a “visitor hub”, offering an exhibition and illustrated talks about the viaduct and its history.  “We want visitors to come to the museum and Ilkeston town centre as part of their trip to see the viaduct”, says Jeff Wynch. “We’re also encouraging people to use sustainable travel such as public transport, cycling and walking to get to the viaduct, not only for the health benefits but also to help combat climate change and minimise negative environmental impact.”