11:13am Thursday 9th August 2007
By Rebecca Kelly
THE life of Lewis Carroll looks set to be revived with a new museum at Daresbury Church.
A permanent exhibition about the Alice in Wonderland author will fill an extension at All Saints Church, on Daresbury Lane, as soon as planning permission is granted.
The extension and exhibition - a mini museum dedicated to the Daresbury born author - is expected to cost £350,000.
The Reverend David Felix, vicar of All Saints, said: "It will be a fabulous addition to the church. It will give our present visitors a better experience when they come and it will enhance what new visitors come and see."
Each year, 5,000 visitors descend on the picturesque village to see the church's stained glass window that immortalises Alice and her fellow characters.
Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in the original Daresbury Parsonage on Morphany Lane, close to All Saint' Church, where his father was the vicar.
Plans for the new building are already under way.
An architect has made blueprints for the extension, while famous designer Mick Orr, who created the Roald Dahl Museum, has been enlisted to create the exhibition layout.
The Rev Felix added: "The extension will be highly sympathetic to the church as it is a Grade II listed building.
"It will respect and reflect the significance of the church and its important heritage."
It will also include a kitchen and disabled access.
Last year, the church was awarded £50,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to investigate the project, which aims to tell the story of the Victorian author's life in Daresbury.
As soon as the planning application is approved the church will apply for grants from the National Lottery Fund.
The parishioners have also been fundraising for the project, though a total figure is not yet known.
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