Museum Trust enjoys success with open day

Keith and Sue Porter, of Fleetwood Museum Trust, are optimistic about the museum's future.
Keith and Sue Porter, of Fleetwood Museum Trust, are optimistic about the museum's future.

Fleetwood Museum Trust reports there was a promising turn-out to an open day at the museum on Saturday to which qualified tradesmen were specially invited.

The Trust invited qualified businesses such as builders, plumbers, joiners and also printers and IT specialists to a meeting to discuss possible opportunities of work to be carried out on the Grade II listed museum building on Queens Terrace.

The museum was in danger of closing last year after Lancashire County Council had announced it could no longer afford to provide the finances to keep it running.

But a rescue package was arranged by Fleetwood Town Council, providing £66,000 raised from Fleetwood council tax payers last year.

The town council is now working closely with Fleetwood Museum Trust, the organisation which runs and oversees the museum.

Now the Trust’s next step is to sign a lease on the museum premises, which officially transfers the current lease from County Hall to the Trust. The building is owned by Wyre Council.

Keith Porter, chairman of Fleetwood Museum Trust, said; “The signing of the lease is the next big step. We have a couple of jobs to do on the building first, and then we should be ready to sign.

“In the meantime we were pleased with the turn-out on Saturday, about 30 tradespeople. We had scaffolders, builders, electricians and even cleaners, qualified people who may be able to get paid work as and when the jobs are required. Things are looking promising.”

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