December 9 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
A museum could be moved in a bid to attract more visitors and make room for additional services at the town council’s offices.
Provisional plans had been drawn up to expand Sudbury’s heritage centre into a vacant room at its current location in the town hall.
But it has now been proposed that the facility could instead be moved to the library building, in the former Corn Exchange.
The town’s tourist information centre (TIC) moved there last year, leaving a suitable space at the town hall. But despite the Sudbury Museum Heritage Trust commissioning detailed drawings of how the heritage centre expansion could fit into the town hall space, some councillors now believe it would be sensible to relocate it alongside the TIC.
At a recent meeting councillor and heritage group member Nigel Bennett showed the town’s leisure and environment committee sketches illustrating how interactive displays, wall-mounted flat screens and a ‘time tunnel’ with LED lighting could transform and expand the heritage centre in the town hall. He said: “The idea is to make it into a much more interactive space with exhibits that tell stories about the history of Sudbury in a much more interactive way.”
But committee member Jan Osborne said while she liked the ideas put forward in the drawings, the council needed to look at the “bigger picture”.
She said: “There is no doubt that we are short of space at the town hall. We currently have people being interviewed in the corridor and in the future we are going to need more offices as additional Babergh District Council services are transferred to the town council.
“We have looked at the library building and think we could accommodate the heritage centre there. We need to think hard before we give away that valuable room in the town hall.”
But Mr Bennett said the Corn Exchange building is controlled by the Suffolk Libraries IPS, adding: “For the TIC to stay in the library, we have to pay an annual fee and if we moved the heritage centre in there, we would have to pay for that too.”
Chairing the meeting, Lesley Ford Platt said a feasibility study should be carried out to find out the cost to the town council and the possible lease terms, to see if the library plan was workable.