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Otley Museum to reveal its history
2:48pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
Otley Museum will reveal some "hidden treasures" next weekend - but its hopes of moving into a new town centre base appear to be in trouble.
Museum chairman Andrew Howard and volunteers are looking forward to giving presentations about the collection and their First World War Centenary project when they hold two Heritage Open Days on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.
Their aim of trying to set up a new home in the former One Stop Centre's annexe, off Courthouse Street, however has been de-railed by the response from owners Leeds City Council.
The museum has been searching for a base since the Civic Centre closed in 2010, and believed the property - large enough to display the artefacts it has had to keep in storage, and with on-site parking - could have been ideal.
But the council has now indicated that it would prefer to sell the whole site to a commercial buyer and re-invest the proceeds into the Civic Centre, should it eventually re-open.
In its latest publicity leaflet, the museum states: "We are very disappointed at this as we are now in limbo awaiting futher decisions by Leeds City Council and Otley Town Council.”
Volunteers will also reveal more about the museum's major ongoing project, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, on the heritage open days which run from 10am to 3pm on the Friday and 10am to 4pm on the Saturday.