AN exhibition on wartime Marlow is getting a professional makeover thanks to a £5,000 lottery grant.

Marlow at War, from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear is being staged next month by the Marlow Museum Centre Project and will now feature state-of-the-art display boards thanks to the grant from the Awards for All Big Lottery Fund.

This is because the exhibition organisers can now afford to employ a professional designer to bring the exhibition to life.

John Evans, chairman of the project, said: "This grant will enable us to put on a much more professional show than we have before."

The aim of the Marlow Museum Centre Project is to help establish a museum and study centre in the town.

Mr Evans said the fact that the lottery recognised the project's cause as being valuable enough to get a grant proves that it is one step closer to getting such a centre.

He said: "It is reassuring that Awards for All, with the number of grant applications they must process, believe that what we are attempting is worth such generous support."

This year's exhibition theme follows last week's celebrations at Court Garden in Pound Lane, of the life of General Higginson and the 80th anniversary of the creation of Higginson Park. The exhibition is taking place from August 24 to 29 at All Saints' Church Hall in The Causeway, Marlow, opening from noon to 4pm.

The Project's AGM takes place on Tuesday next week in the Garden Room in Liston Hall, Liston Road, Marlow, at 8pm.