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By Tristan Harris Thursday 13 March 2014 Updated: 13/03 23:05
THE TRUSTEES of the Norton Collection Museum Trust have announced they were unable to buy the building they were hoping to acquire to house the historic artefacts.
The Standard reported last month that the group was planning to purchase Steps House, St John’s Street, but now it has revealed it was unable to raise enough cash in time to make the move.
The Bromsgrove Museum, on Birmingham Road, closed its doors in 2008 because of low visitor numbers and has remained shut ever since.
The trustees are still keen to reopen the attraction and have now begun negotiations again with Bromsgrove District Council in a bid to return the collection to the original Birmingham Road building.
It is thought it may even be possible for the property to again house the Tourist Information Centre as well.
Andrew Harris, the chairman of the trust, said: “The trustees, and Dennis Norton in particular, have worked very hard fund-raising but it proved to be too much to achieve in too short a time.
“But we are determined to explore all possible options to see the museum open again.”
He added the appetite for the museum was evident last month when the collection went on display for a weekend, attracting almost 1,000 visitors.
“I would like to thank the many people who helped during the weekend and who are supporting the trustees in their efforts,” added Mr Harris.
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