Keys to Wycombe Museum to be handed to trust

Museum exterior
A new chapter in the history of Wycombe Museum will begin when the service is transferred to the Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust – a move to secure the museum’s long term future.

The transfer on 1 December will enable the charitable trust to fundraise and apply for grants not available to local authorities, while also benefiting from tax efficiencies.

Wycombe District Council will provide a grant to the trust for a five year period.

Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Cllr Julia Adey said: “I’m delighted that we can finally hand over the Wycombe Museum keys to the trust.

“This is a win-win for everyone involved – residents and visitors will continue to have a first-class museum with fascinating exhibitions and events organised and run by the passionate trustees, staff and volunteers.

“I would like to wish everyone connected to the trust all the very best – I’m sure Wycombe Museum’s future will be as bright as its history.”

The Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust has 11 trustees who all live in the Wycombe district.

WHAT Chairman Simon Kearey said: “The trust has worked closely with Wycombe District Council on this project and we are really pleased to have a date agreed for this historic transfer.

“I would like to thank the board and all of the museum team who have helped achieve this. Our task will be to deliver a museum which will not only help us all to understand Wycombe's past but celebrate its present and inspire generations to come.”

The Priory Avenue-based museum, previously known as Castle Hill House, re-opened last December after a major refurbishment by Wycombe District Council.

The revamp included the installation of a lift, new café, toilets, refurbished galleries, wi-fi and an extended learning room which is now big enough to accommodate a whole classroom of children.

For a full programme of museum events see its Facebook page (external website).