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DH Lawrence centre under threat

Durban House
Durban House was purchased and restored for more than 1m

A centre celebrating the life and works of DH Lawrence could be a step nearer closing, it has been claimed.

The DH Lawrence Centre at Durban House in Eastwood was visited by more than 30,000 people last year but costs about £150,000 a year to run.

Broxtowe Borough Council's cabinet voted to cut its funding by £60,000 at a meeting on Tuesday.

Campaigners have vowed to fight to keep the centre open as it is an important part of the area's cultural heritage.

'Impressive building'

If the plans are approved by full council, a working group will decide whether to close the centre or cut its opening hours.

The centre contains audio exhibits of the life and times of Lawrence who was born in the Nottinghamshire town.

Durban House was bought and restored by the council for more than £1m in 1995.

Ron Faulks from the DH Lawrence Society said it was important to retain the centre.

"It's an impressive building in its own right, one of the best late Victorian buildings in the area," he said.

"It is important for DH Lawrence because this was where he would come as a boy to collect his father's wages and it is featured in some of his writings."

The group said it would organise in the hope of reflecting the strength of feeling.

Lawrence was born in 1885 in Eastwood in Nottinghamshire and died in 1930.

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