March to protest against Stamford Musuem’s closure is called off

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CAMPAIGNERS have called off a march to protest against the closure of a museum.

Stamford Heritage Trust was planning to hold a march today to protest against the closure of the Stamford museum next week.

Lincolnshire County Council is axing the museum as part of its cost cutting plans and staff will be closing the doors for the last time on Thursday next week.

Five people work at the museum. Three have been redeployed, one has taken voluntary redundancy and another has retired early.

The trust had applied to the county council to take over the running of the museum but this was refused.

The council will be creating a heritage hub at the library in High Street and is holding talks with Stamford Town Council to display some artefacts in the town hall.

Vice-chairman of the heritage trust Michael Dawson said that the group wanted to raise awareness of the closure.

He said: “Unfortunately it is now realised that this would clash with the Stamford Festival’s Kiwani Parade: we don’t want to impose a note of controversy on what is intended as a joyous occasion so we shall be exploring other ways of bringing our frustration, disappointment and bewilderment to those in authority in the hope of still making someone see sense – even as the axe seems about to fall.”

Head of libraries and heritage, Jonathan Platt, said: “We’ve done all we can to support the staff affected by the closure of the museum.”

Two people at Stamford library have taken voluntary redundancy.

The economy and culture department is having its budget slashed by £3.4m over the next four years.