Exmouth Museum in fund raising bid to safeguard its future
PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 October 2017
Exmouth Museum is looking a ways it can raise a six-figure sum to purchase its 32-year home in Shepherds Row.
Exmouth Museum is facing a race against time to fund the purchase of its 32-year home.
Museum trustees are looking at ways to raise a reported six-figure sum after landlords South West Water gave them the chance to buy their Shepherds Row home.
Curator Alan Arthur has confirmed the trustees are currently discussing ways they can raise the cash required to complete the purchase.
A South West Water (SWW)spokesman said the company had received an offer from museum trustees which was ‘in line’ with the market rate.
Mr Arthur told The Journal that if the cash is not found the building could end up in the hands of residential developers.
He said: “The museum has been offered the chance to purchase the freehold and they are assessing how best to raise the funds.
“It’s a question of safeguarding the museum – if we were to have to move from these premises there would no longer be a museum.
“If planning permission was granted for a residential development, we would get chucked out and have no where else to go in Exmouth.
“As far as developers are concerned, they would probably just stick flats on it.”
Exmouth Museum was first opened in 1985 and is housed in a building formerly used as council stables with a foreman’s cottage.
Among the regular exhibits held at the museum are a 1950s room, a Victorian kitchen, children’s toys, railways and the original mechanism from the clock tower on the sea front.
SWW previously said the building, one of many the company has owned in Shepherds Row, was ‘surplus to requirements’.
A spokesman for the firm said: “We regularly dispose of redundant assets to reduce our costs and keep customers’ bills as low as possible.”