THE former servants' quarters at Cannon Hall Museum will be transformed into learning facilities after funding was secured.

The £143,000 from the Arts Council will enable schools, families and adults to take advantage of a modern learning lab.

It will also allow the museum to offer new types of learning experiences such as family learning activities and classes for adults, as well as space for community use.

The basement room will be completely redecorated, providing a new classroom space with IT equipment. New toilet facilities will also be created next to the learning lab.

A council spokesman said: "The design of the learning lab has been carried out following talks with schools to see what they expect from facilities and the practicalities of a visit.

"Cannon Hall will offer a first class learning offer for schools and the wider community."