Fate of future museum site reliant on next week’s cabinet meeting

The Grade II listed Town Hall, situated in the heart of St Albans in Market Place

The Grade II listed Town Hall, situated in the heart of St Albans in Market Place - Credit: citizenside.com

A city centre museum and gallery could be a not-so-distant reality if the sale of the former museum building is passed at a cabinet meeting next week.

The auction of the old museum site in Hatfield Road is expected to fund most of the £2.25m still needed to be raised to create a more central and bigger tourist attraction at the Town Hall.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) pledged £2.8m towards the total project cost of £6.75m earlier this year, including an initial award for first phase development funding of £282,000. The remaining balance is being provided by three partners in the project: St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust, the council’s museums service and the University of Hertfordshire.

The trust will be launching its fundraising campaign, “renaissance: St Albans”, on Sunday, June 22 at the Alban Street Festival.

The public can attend the meeting on Tuesday June 24 at 7pm at the council offices at the Civic Centre in St Peter’s Street. The meeting is also being webcast and can be watched on the council’s website at: www.stalbans.ukcouncil.net/site/


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