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Lancashire County Council to explore ‘fresh vision’ for libraries and museums

Posted on - 30th January, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Education, History, Politics, Preston News
Pic: The Harris Museum

Lancashire councillors will assess the role of museums and libraries in county cultural life at a cabinet meeting this February.

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Councillors will consider approving a ‘fresh vision’ for two distinct library and museum strategies at the county council’s next cabinet meeting on Thursday 3 February.

The Library and Museum Strategies 2022-25 set out how the services will evolve over the coming years to inspire learning, keep people healthy and connected, and preserve the county’s diverse heritage.

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County Councillor Peter Buckley said: “We’re proud to have such wonderful libraries and museums which are a huge asset to everyone who lives in Lancashire.

“They play a vital role in preserving our diverse heritage and culture, presenting our story to visitors from around the world.

“They support many of the county council’s core priorities, whether through providing an inspiring environment that fosters a child’s early love of reading, helping older people learn new skills online, or interpreting our history in new and engaging ways.”

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Councillor Buckley said libraries and museums evolve to make a difference in people’s lives, providing the direction for talented and dedicated librarians, curators, and conservators.

The strategies outline a brief history of Lancashire’s libraries and museums and how the services plan to support the council’s corporate priorities.

The priorities include delivering better services, protecting the environment, supporting economic growth, and caring for the vulnerable.

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They also outline how the services will respond to the latest national guidance.

There is a focus on the connections libraries have with their local communities to provide access to cultural activity and support people with information and skills.

The council said a key aim for museums is to support innovation and creativity and be ambitious in improving the quality of the experience they offer to visitors.

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