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Museum switches council - Horniman Garden revamp - Hancock makes shortlist - Theft at Ulster museum
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Museum switches council  

Weston-super-Mare Town Council plans to take over North Somerset Museum next year, subject to a structural survey of the building. The institution, which is in Weston, was at risk following a cost-cutting exercise by current owner North Somerset Council. Under the proposed agreement, a new curatorial office and storage facility would be established.

Horniman Garden revamp

The Horniman Museum in south London (pictured above) has been given the green light to develop a community and education building. London-based architect Walters and Cohen has won planning permission for the project, which forms part of the Horniman Garden refurbishment and enhancement project. The museum’s anthropological, music and natural history collections include more than 350,000 objects.

Hancock makes shortlist

The Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle has been shortlisted for a National Lottery Award 2010 in the Best Heritage Project section. The final round of public voting ends on 13 August. The winning project in each of the seven categories will feature in a BBC1 show later this year.

Theft at Ulster museum

A ceremonial sword has been stolen from the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra. The item was on display in a glass cabinet housed in a former Royal Irish Constabulary station building located in the grounds of the museum. A district inspector’s tunic was also taken. Anyone with information about the theft should call the police on 0845 600 8000.


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