The Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust (WHAT) is to take over the running of the Wycombe Museum on Thursday 1st December 2016.
In a move designed to secure the museum’s long term future it will enable the WHAT charitable trust to fund raise and apply for grants not available to local authorities while also benefiting from tax efficiencies.
Previously known as Castle Hill House, the museum based in Priory Avenue re opened in December 2015 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.
The Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust has 11 trustees who all live in the Wycombe district.
For a five year period following the handover Wycombe District Council will provide a grant to the trust.
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.‘
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.‘
Further information on the full programme of museum events can be found on the museum’s website at www.wycombe.gov.uk/museum.