Town hall will house Hitchin and Letchworth museums

Hitchin town hall The development is expected to be finished by November 2014

Work has started on a £4.5m project to create a new museum in a building that serves as a civic centre in a Hertfordshire town.

A £850,000 grant from the Community Builders' Fund enabled North Hertfordshire District Council to refurbish Hitchin Town Hall.

The council provided a further £3.5m investment.

The building will house a museum in an expanded former gym area. Plans include a community space for residents.

Hitchin and Letchworth museums will merge in the refurbished building, expected to deliver annual savings of £160,000 a year.

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