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Money saving library-museum plan proposed for Wakefield

Plans have been put forward to house Wakefield's library and museum on one site in a bid to save money.

Wakefield Council want to move Wakefield Museum from Wood Street to the council's new building in Westgate which will also house a library.

It is hoped the plan would enable the current museum building to be leased by Wakefield College as a performing arts venue.

The council cabinet will discuss the proposals on 31 May.

Councillor David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, said: "The museum service has no choice but to reduce its costs in the light of the loss of national funding.

"Visitor numbers to the museum are falling and the building in Wood Street needs considerable investment to stop its long-term decline.

"Re-locating to Westgate means we can give better value for money, without reducing the quality, conservation or care of our collection."

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