Museum could be switched to library

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Sudbury Heritage Centre may be relocated to the town library in an effort to boost visitor numbers and give it extra space.

An expansion of the centre, which is currently based at the town hall in Gaol Lane, had been planned in the room left vacant by the Tourist Information Centre (TIC), following its move to the former Corn Exchange building on Market Hill.

But as sketches of the proposed work – featuring interactive displays – were shown to Sudbury Town councillors on Tuesday, an alternative option emerged.

“The drawings look fantastic, but we have to look at the bigger picture and we are short of space at the town hall,” said Jan Osborne.

“We could accommodate this at the library.”

Robin Drury, a member of the Sudbury Museum Heritage Trust, who came up with the designs, said he believed the plans could be incorporated into the library. He said the centre would function better alongside the TIC.

Councillor and heritage member Nigel Bennett said the move faced a large stumbling block as the library was run by the IPS – a charitable body which manages Suffolk’s libraries.

This meant the town council may need to rent library space for the centre, as it does with the TIC.

Simon Barrett said: “It would be remiss of us not to look at going to the library – it would certainly be busier and attract more visitors.”

Councillors resolved to approach the IPS about the possibility of relocating to the library.

“The library is open seven days a week and that would be an advantage,” said Lesley Ford-Platt.

“We owe it to the Museum Trust to expose the heritage centre to more people and we have to look at all options.”

Any enhancement of the centre would be reliant on Lottery funding.