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Donors pledge 2m to local museum
Wandsworth Museum
Campaigners say the museum is a "treasure house" of artefacts.
A London museum could be saved from closure after philanthropists pledged 2m to save it.

Funding to Wandsworth Museum was cut by councillors in February following a shortfall in government cash.

But local residents and philanthropists Michael and Dorothy Hintze have written a letter to Wandsworth Council agreeing "in principle" to supply the money.

The proposal would see the museum being run by an independent trust with support from volunteers.

Wandsworth Council plans to move an existing library from West Hill in Putney to the Court House based in the town centre by 2009.

The museum would then move out of the Court House and into the West Hill library where its entire collection - plus a privately-run collection - would continue to be housed together under one roof.

It is thought that around 1.5m of the new money would be used to refurbish the West hill library.

Michael Hintze, chairman of the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation, said: "We feel it is crucial to maintain our local cultural heritage and are therefore committed to ensuring this excellent resource remains available to all who wish to use it."

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