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Historic artefacts to become "more accessible"
HISTORIC artefacts could become more accessible to the public as Colchester Council moves ahead with plans to sell off Colchester’s museum resource centre.
The spacious five storey centre in Ryegate Road is used by staff from the Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service as well as acting as a storage facility for a range of historic items.
However, the council says it is no longer fit for purpose as it has damp and mould and the roof leaks in places.
The heating system is Victorian while some rooms are drafty due to the vast swathes of metal-framed windows.
Ann Hedges, chief operating officer with the council, said the search is on for new premises including a base in the town centre which would hold artefects which could be accessed by the public.
She said: “The museum resource centre is expensive to run.
“We have already looked at one building and are going to look at another.”
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