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Museum Governance Review Annual Update

Meeting: 02/04/2019 - Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee (Item 161)

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Mr John Foster, the Head of Regeneration and Economic Development, presented the Museum Governance Review Annual Update to the Committee.


Mr Foster highlighted to the Committee that:-


1.  The report looked at options to take the project forward which would include preparing a large scale bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

If the bid was successful this would enable the vision as laid out in the 20 Year Plan to be realised. However, there was a two stage process to the bid for funding, stage 1 could take two years and even if the bid progressed through stage 1, there was no guarantee that stage 2 would also be successful and the whole process, including completion of all the works, could take approximately 5 years.

2.  The Museums Director and the Employer Agent would work together to explore costs to create the spaces to tell the story of Maidstone at the Museum.

During the ensuing discussion, Committee Members made the following comments:-


·  That it would be too early to make a decision on whether to go for the National Lottery Heritage Fund bid, the Committee should wait until the costings have been drawn up.

·  That it was important that assurances were given by officers to the timescales involved and that a report would come back in September to the Committee.




1.  The findings of the Employers Agent be reported to this Committee in July setting out the proposed new internal gallery spaces, improvements to accessibility and costs.

2.  A report on the proposed galleries content, designs and costs be presented to Committee in September.

Voting:  Unanimous