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Rescue plan set out to save farm

9 April 09 15:33 GMT

A rescue plan to save an Oxfordshire Museum, which has been making an annual loss of £250,000, could see it set up as a charity.

Oxfordshire County Council is looking for volunteer trustees, whose job will be to balance the books for Cogges Manor Farm in Witney.

The council wants people with a range of skills, such as education and marketing, to help keep it open.

If the idea is approved, the museum will get charitable status in June.

The facility, built around an old farmhouse, currently offers "living history" lessons to schoolchildren.

Nicola Carter, a volunteer at the museum, said: "When we do the school visits it's such a good way of teaching history and it's a good way of keeping in touch with the past."

The museum had been losing money and faced temporary closure.

Martyn Brown, Heritage and Arts officer for Oxfordshire County Council, said: "We're looking for people with good business skills who can come in and help turn Cogges around and to make a real success of it.

"We're also looking for people who will continue operating it, not necessarily purely as a museum, but as a visitor attraction - keep it open to the public and keep it flourishing."

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