Extra Time for Threatened Museums
The five Lancashire County Council museums threatened with closure will now stay open until the end of September, to allow more time for discussions to continue with organisations keen to take them over, and for other interested parties to come forward.
County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Cultural Services, said: "As has been widely reported, the county council's dire financial situation means that we can no longer afford to run these museums.
"We took the decision to cease funding these five museums with very heavy hearts. We recognise their immense cultural and historical value but when it is unclear how we will pay for essential services for the vulnerable in just two years' time, it is one of many difficult decisions we have had to make.
"I am pleased to say that we are in active discussions with bodies interested in taking over all five museums, and we will keep the museums open until the end of September to give those discussions the best possible chance of success. It may also present an opportunity for other interested parties to come forward."
The five museums in question are:
- The Museum of Lancashire
- Fleetwood Museum
- Helmshore Mills
- Queen Street Mill
- The Judges' Lodgings, Lancaster
Opening times may be subject to change at short notice. Visitors are advised to check before their visit at http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums .
For further information please contact: Andy Swain on 01772 532781