New Museum exhibition space to open in 2016

Published Thursday, 24 September 2015

A new purpose built museum exhibition space will open in 2016 following preparation and refurbishment work.

The news follows confirmation the museum service at the Priory in Orpington is ceasing on Friday 25 September 2015.  It is anticipated that the re-location to Bromley Central Library will increase footfall to the museum exhibitions, increasing annual visitor numbers very significantly.  The £395,000 investment in modern museum facilities is underway and follows agreement at the Council’s Executive in June.

Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation said, “Whilst the Museum does close its doors on Friday for the last time in Orpington, we will continue with preparations to have exhibition space in the centre of Bromley, in the Central library, which very much continues to showcase Bromley’s heritage.  This new museum space will generate better footfall because of its location in the heart of the town centre and will be much more accessible and comfortable for visitors in a way that the Priory simply can’t be.  We anticipate that the new museum exhibition space will open next year, mid 2016, which we will obviously publicise nearer the time.”

The decision to move the museum followed an independent report that confirmed that the priory building requires substantial restoration and improvements and concluded that the Central Library location was “unquestionably a stronger location” for the museum exhibition space.

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Editor’s notes - In accordance with the decision of the Executive in June work has been carried out to establish whether any other council uses could be located in the Priory. The outcome of this work is being referred to the Executive and Resources Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee in October before a decision is made by the Executive Councillor for Resources.

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