In 2008 official regeneration plans to create a "landmark"
museum that would also host the archive were abandoned. This plan
was part of a political thinking to organise regeneration around
property development, including new public facilities such as
museums. The idea for the museum remained unclear, and plans never
reflected the actual need and dynamics of Egremont, but
preconceived models from elsewhere that would have been
Since then it has become much easier (on the municipal as well
as administrative level) to think and include the Folk
Float in plans for a local museum/archive. Grizedale Arts have
been key to a continuous development of a number of very local,
often informal activities which have started to become public
through Creative Egremont, into a coherent cultural
strategy that starts with what is there and its potential.
In srping 2011 Florence Mine has opened, a new cultural
production centre for Egremont, housed in a disused mine on the
edge of the town. The new centre is turning the old miners'
bathhouse into a cultural resource centre for the whole of West
Cumbria - housing digital edit suites, cinema, recording studio,
theatre, art gallery, residencies, kitchen and café.