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Museum's future secured for year

Museum of Oxford
The museum is located in Oxford's historic town hall

A rescue package has been agreed that has secured the Museum of Oxford's future for another year.

The museum was threatened with closure as part of cost-cutting measures introduced by Oxford City Council.

However, an agreement has been reached which will see members of the Oxford Civic Society help staff the museum. A charitable trust will also be set up.

A final decision on its long-term future will be made at the council's February budget meeting.

Councillor Mary Clarkson, the council's board member for culture and heritage, said the museum needed to be self-sufficient.

"We need it to be independent, not requiring any extra money from the city council by April next year," she said.

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