Plans to give a Carlisle museum charitable status have been given the go ahead.
Councillors have approved plans to make Tullie House Museum a charitable trust, with the city council retaining control of the building and exhibits.
The move means museum managers will be eligible to apply for more grants and be exempt from certain taxes.
Its new status will also mean it will be less dependent on public and voluntary funding.
Councillor Mike Mitchelson, leader of the council, said: "Tullie House is the jewel in the crown of Carlisle and we want it to be the leading and most influential arts and cultural institution in Cumbria.
"There are great advantages of this transfer, we have considered the financial implications and it means that we retain the collections and buildings but the Trust can develop the museum's services and access new sources of funding.
"This decision means that the city council has ensured a positive future for one of the city's most important assets and will continue to serve Carlisle's residents."