Trustees will run town’s museum

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An independent board of trustees is being set up to control the day-to-day running of Harborough Museum.

The news came to light after last week’s report that County Hall plans to cut funding at Harborough Museum as part of its budget proposals.

The local authority wants to create more “community-led” services.

David Johnson is the chairman of Market Harborough Historical Society, which is one of the partners running the museum alongside the county and district councils.

He told the Mail: “We are in the process of setting up an independent board of trustees to attract funding and take over responsibility for its day-to-day running in the future.

“In the longer term, volunteers will become more important in providing some of the museum’s supporting facilities.

“So you can see we are some way down the road already announced by the county council but no-one at present can be sure about staffing in the long term.”

He said a legal agreement had been signed recently between the partners which secures the existence of the museum for at least the next 21 years.

The museum is temporarily closed while refurbishment is completed at its Symington Building base in Adam and Eve Street, also home to the district council’s headquarters.

Mr Johnson said that when it reopens, the museum, as well as the town’s library, will be run jointly on the first floor and this will provide better displays than before.