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Chance to have a say on future of Wolverhampton Museum

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to have their say and help shape the way Bantock House Museum is run in future.

Wolverhampton City Council is looking to develop an alternative way of running the popular attraction as the authority faces an unprecedented financial challenge.

The council is seeking to safeguard Bantock House's future by building on its successful assets, increasing income and reducing running costs.

A series of sessions will be held next week to give people the chance to contribute their ideas and suggestions about how a new operating model could achieve these aims.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "The council is facing a huge financial challenge and must save at least £123m over the next five years – so we must reduce the cost of all our services wherever possible.

"We are therefore looking at ways in which Bantock House Museum can operate without needing financial support from the council, by both increasing the amount of income it generates and reducing running costs.

Three sessions will be held at the museum's Tractor Shed next week at which people will be able to share their ideas and suggestions about how Bantock House should be run in future. They will take place on Thursday, March 6 from 2pm-3.30pm, Friday, March 7 from 7pm–8.30pm and Saturday, March 8 from 10.30am-noon, and are open to all.

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