New Museum To Open in 2010

The new premises on West Hill will open in June

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Councillors will be asked in the New Year to agree a 20 year lease for the building. The proposals will be considered by the environment and leisure overview and scrutiny committee on January 5.

The museum company will spend the first few months of 2010 converting the accommodation. The council is making available its collection of 10,000 artefacts.

The new museum is an independent trust which was formed following the offer of £2m from the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation.

Council leader Edward Lister said:
“We had a foretaste recently of the kind of exciting initiatives the new museum has in store when they helped to recreate the Blitz for local schoolchildren in an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the WW2 evacuations. Like most people I can’t wait for it to open in its new permanent home.” 

You can view the report at   This will also be considered by the corporate resources overview and scrutiny committee on January 20 before a final decision is taken by the council’s executive on January 25.

January 5, 2010