Special guest makes appearance at successful Bromsgrove Museum meeting

SUCCESSFUL MEETING: Andrew Harris, Norton Collection Museum Trust chairman and Dennis Norton, with special guest at the meeting Henry Sandon, known for his appearances on the Antiques Roadshow. SP

SUCCESSFUL MEETING: Andrew Harris, Norton Collection Museum Trust chairman and Dennis Norton, with special guest at the meeting Henry Sandon, known for his appearances on the Antiques Roadshow. SP

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CAMPAIGNERS attempting to reopen Bromsgrove Museum have held a successful meeting to discuss their latest bid.

The Birmingham Road-based museum has been closed since 2008, and campaigners have been left disappointed ever since as attempts to purchase the building and reopen it have not been successful.

At the meeting of Bromsgrove District Council's cabinet, senior councillors agreed to approve the building as an asset of community value (ACV).

The ACV means the Norton Collection Museum Trust now have time to put together a bid to buy the building.

Earlier this month a meeting was held at Bromsgrove Methodist Centre to update interested parties.

Dennis Norton, the former leader of Bromsgrove District Council who donated his lifetime's collection of artefacts to the museum, spoke about the collection and the future plans for the building.

These include major alterations including a new entrance with disabled access, and a large new first floor room that would display the museum's collection of articles associated with the Bromsgrove Guild.

Although not going into significant financial details, Mr Norton did comment the trustees had made an offer to Bromsgrove District Council that was being considered.

He commented that, including the proposed improvements, the cost would be at least £200,000 - half of which the trust has already raised.

Guest speaker at the event was Henry Sandon, who lives in Worcester and is known for his many appearances on the long running BBC television programme the Antiques Roadshow.

Mr Sandon spoke about his time on the show and also spoke on the importance of local museums, wishing the trustees success in their attempts to reopen Bromsgrove Museum.

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