£13m rescue package for Ilkley's Manor House Museum is revealed

£13m rescue package for Ilkley's Manor House Museum is revealed

Ilkley's Manor House Museum

Councillor Mike Gibbons

First published in News

An “eleventh hour” deal by Ilkley Parish Council to plough thousands of pounds into a rescue package could save the town’s threatened Manor House Museum and Art Gallery.

Parish council chairman, Mike Gibbons, has negotiated a £13,000 deal which would keep the museum’s doors open for a further year.

The aim is to give community organisations time to come up with a long-term plan to take over the management of the museum from Bradford Council.

The Parish Council is expected to decide on the funding proposal at its March meeting – but councillors have indicated they would be in favour of supporting the deal.

Coun Gibbons, who is also a Bradford councillor, held talks with Bradford Council officers in recent days in the hope of stalling plans to pull staff out of the museum.

If parish councillors agree to provide £13,000, the museum will stay open for the next financial year.

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