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The five Lancashire Museums that faced closure at the end of March, have a stay of execution until the end of September. Lancashire County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for Environment, Planning and Cultural Services says that there are active discussions on going with interested groups looking to take over the museums. The county council is also giving this extra time so that more parties who may want to run the museums can come forward.

The plight of the museums has had some coverage in the national press. There have been three separate articles in The Guardian- see here 1, here 2 and here 3. The Independent also published an article about the fate of northern museums, see here.

In the meantime, if you have not done so already, please consider signing the petitions. The links to the petitions can be found towards the bottom of our webpage which covered the announcement of the initial closures- click here

Please also consider visiting these wonderful museums. Their opening times can be found by following this link here

If we go to the museums, sign the visitors book, spend some money there, this will surely help them in their talks with outside organizations that are interested in taking them over and keeping them open.