AN HISTORIC children's pavilion will be reconstructed thanks to a £36,000 donation.

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in East Cliff will spend the money given to them from Bournemouth Civic Society on the recreation of the historic pavilion in the museum’s garden. 

Annie and Merton Russell-Cotes, hoteliers, philanthropists and founders of the museum, were devoted grandparents who regularly hosted joyful gatherings for the children of Bournemouth.  

Their commitment to the wellbeing of children was an integral part of their vision for Bournemouth. 

The reconstruction of the pavilion will serve as a “poignant tribute” to their legacy, providing a dedicated space for children to engage in creative play and exploration in the garden. 

Museum manager Sarah Newman said: "We are deeply honoured to embark on this reconstruction project, which celebrates the enduring legacy of Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes. 

"With the generous support of the Bournemouth Civic Society, we will endeavour to recreate the children's pavilion to its former glory, using original photographs and working closely with experts specialising in custom-made playhouses." 

She added the reconstruction will be done with “utmost care and respect for its architectural heritage”. 

The museum will require planning permission to ensure the project aligns with preservation guidelines and standards. 

The estimated timeline for the project is 12 months, during which attention will be paid to every detail to ensure the pavilion is recreated “as faithfully as possible to its original design”. 

Ken Mantock, president of the Bournemouth Civic Society, said: "We are committed to preserving the integrity of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum while providing children and families with a space to play, learn and create cherished memories.

"This project exemplifies our shared dedication to safeguarding our cultural heritage and nurturing the next generation of thinkers and innovators. It provides a lasting legacy for the civic society’s 50 years of dedication to championing the town’s architectural heritage."