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Lawrence heritage centre may shut

A heritage centre dedicated to author DH Lawrence may close as a council looks to make cutbacks.

Broxtowe Borough Council may withdraw 60,000 from Durban House in Eastwood which costs 150,000 a year to run.

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

If the plans are approved by the council in March, a working group will decide whether the centre will close or reduce its opening hours.

The council acquired Durban House in 1995, the cost and refurbishment totalling 1.1m.

It houses copies of Lawrence's most controversial novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover, and also has meeting rooms and a cafeteria.

Latest figures show 30,009 people visited DH Lawrence Heritage, which includes the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum and Durban House Heritage Centre, in 2006/7.

A report to the council in October 2007 suggested the building would have a greater market value if Durban House were turned into houses, offices or a nursing home.

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