A COUNCILLOR has launched a new campaign to save a museum from closure.
Stamford town and South Kesteven district councillor Harrish Bisnauthsing (Lib Dem) is hoping that people power will help him to save Stamford Museum from the axe.
Lincolnshire County Council announced last year that it was closing the museum in Broad Street along with Grantham Museum and Church Farm, in Skegness, to cut costs.
The town council had put forward a bid to form a charitable trust but was hoping that the county council would meet a £23,000 shortfall.
But the bid was rejected in December and the museum will close on June 30.
Now Coun Bisnauthsing is launching a bid to form a self-funding charitable trust to save the museum.
He says that the trust would need £30,000 a year to run the museum, which would be manned by 200 volunteers.
Coun Bisnauthsing is hoping that the trust would be funded by donations and is also planning to submit a lottery bid.
He is now appealing for volunteers to man the museum and to join a steering committee. He will also be looking for donations.
Coun Bisnauthsing said: “It is important that the town retains its sense of history.
“I feel very passionate about Stamford. It is a town that we should preserve in its entirety.”
Coun Bisnauthsing decided to launch the bid 10 days ago after being approached by concerned residents.
Both Grantham Museum and Church Farm have been saved by self-funding community groups.
Former museum curator John Smith said: “I would support any reasonable attempt to keep the museum open.”
Executive member for the county council’s cultural services, Eddy Poll (Con) said: “We’re willing to listen to Councillor Bisnauthsing’s proposals for Stamford Museum. However, he would need to provide a viable business plan for the museum, and do so in the very near future, to have any chance of taking his proposals forward.”
To support Coun Bisnathusing’s call 01780 756000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org