Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings will receive £69,545 in funding as part of a million pound investment in Midland museums.

Coming from the Arts Council’s Renaissance programme, the money will be used to create a team of trained staff who will use costumes and live performances to bring the stories behind the museum’s collections to life.

Museum director Simon Carter said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding and are grateful to the Arts Council for the tremendous opportunity it gives us to develop what we offer to visitors and volunteers at Avoncroft.

"We’re looking forward to working with such a great range of partners and there will certainly be a lot that we can learn from each other over the course of the project."

It is hoped the new team will give visitors a more entertaining and insightful understanding of the collections.

Peter Knott, area director for Arts Council England, said: “Investing in museums is important if we are to make the most of our country’s heritage and the rich cultural offer it presents."