County treasures in safe hands
BUCKS’ historical treasures are in the hands of a new trust.
For the past two years several options have been explored to enable Buckinghamshire County Museum and its Resource Centre to operate and develop despite facing financial challenges.
In April 2012 members agreed to set up The Buckinghamshire County Museum Trust, providing Bucks’ museum with new chances for grant funding, tax relief and Gift Aid on donations.
Cabinet Members agreed on Monday last week to transfer the County Museum’s operation to the trust.
A new museum director, Richard de Peyer, pictured, joined the team at the beginning of April.
Charitable status saves the county council £145,000.
Cabinet member for community engagement Martin Phillips said: “Our team have worked hard to find the best way forward for preserving our county’s heritage.
“Trust status gives much more flexibility in funding this - a strong footing for the future.”