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Museum of Lancashire closure: Petition urges Prestonians to take action to save heritage

Posted on - 22nd December, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, News, Politics, Preston City Centre

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Preston’s Museum of Lancashire should be saved from closure according to an online petition.

Prestonians are being urged to put their names to the call for the museum to remain open despite Lancashire County Council cutbacks.

Barrie Walters, from Walton-le-Dale, set up the petition after the county council announced the museum was in line for closure during a £65 million savings drive.

Blog Preston revealed in early December the closure of the museum could see the county council landed with a £919,400 bill from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Mr Walters petition points out the museum has recently been refurbished.

He writes in his petition: “The Museum of Lancashire in Preston is a special place to tell stories of old Lancashire and to preserve some of the county’s heritage.

“It has recently been overhauled and updated and occupies a Grade 2 listed building near the centre of Preston.

“Heritage is a vital part of all of our lives and we owe it to our children and grandchildren to look after what we have – not just the environment and the natural world, although they are important enough – but how mankind has grown, how we thought, how we acted, what we wrote and drew, how we made sense of the world around us, our growth as individuals and as communities.

“Once a museum or library has closed, it is most likely lost forever. Re-opening will be an extremely unlikely event.

“Please support this petition to preserve this small but essential part of our heritage.”

Related: Seven things Prestonians said on hearing the Museum of Lancashire is to close

The Museum currently employs 12 staff, with two of those roles being full-time.

Closing the museum would save the county council around £238,000 per year.

You can sign the petition via the change.org website.

Will you be signing the petition? What do you think of the closure plan? Let us know in the comments below

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