Bolton Council to sell 41 items from collection

Patrick Steel, 22.12.2010
MA to meet council in the New Year to discuss the sale
Bolton Council’s executive committee voted last week to sell 41 pieces from the council’s museum collections and is now tendering for auction houses.

Stephanie Crossley, Bolton’s assistant director for culture and community services, said: “There is no timescale as yet, but we will be putting the business case to the Accrediation panel and we are in dialogue with the Museums Association.”

The council plans to put any money raised towards moving the museum’s stores from the Bolton Enterprise Centre to a new location that it hopes will allow it to open the stores to the public. It has not yet decided on the new location.

The council will not reveal which pieces have been identified for sale, or how much the pieces have been valued at.

Maurice Davies, the MA’s head of policy and communications, said: “Ideally we like to talk to museums as early as possible in the process.

“We have sent Bolton the paperwork asking for more details, and hope they will describe the rationale behind what they are doing in light of the MA’s code of ethics.”

Nick Merriman, the convenor of the MA’s Ethics Committee, is planning to meet with Crossley in the New Year to discuss the council’s decision.