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Funding of town's museum to be discussed

Published Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The leader of Wellingborough Council is to meet representatives from the town’s museum next week to discuss its future following recommendations that council grants to voluntary and community services be reduced.

 

Cllr Paul Bell has arranged a meeting with Wellingborough Museum on Tuesday morning to discuss new ways of funding the organisation, how to make funding go further, and a long-term strategy to keep the museum open.

Cllr Bell said: "The museum is important to Wellingborough and we want it to remain open. As well as attracting more than 30,000 visitors a year it will also play an important role in helping us secure nearly £1.5m of heritage lottery money to spend on restoring the town's historical buildings.

"Unfortunately the reality is at the moment we have less money to go round and budgets are under a lot of pressure. We want to keep the museum going, which is why I'd like to meet with them to see how we can work together - whether this is helping them reduce their running costs, or looking at partnerships to share expertise and experience. We want to get the museum's finances on an even keel to make sure they have a sustainable future."

A grants working group met last Friday to make recommendations on funding for services and organisations, and these will be discussed by members of the council's resources committee on 19 October before a final decision is made at a meeting of the full council on 15 November.