A new museum could open in Wandsworth later this year if councillors in the borough approve on Monday a 20 year lease for the proposed site at 38 West Hill, Wandsworth Town.
The new Wandsworth Museum is expected to open in June 2010 and will be run by an independent trust formed after the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation offered £2m of funding for the project.
The museum would house 10,000 artefacts owned by Wandsworth Council.
Council leader Edward Lister said: “We had a foretaste recently of the kind of exciting initiatives the new museum has in store when they helped to recreate the Blitz for local schoolchildren in an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the WW2 evacuations. Like most people I can’t wait for it to open in its new permanent home.”
Members of the borough’s environment and leisure overview and scrutiny committee will consider proposals for the museum on January 5th. The corporate resources overview and scrutiny committee will also consider the plans on January 20th before a final decision is taken by the council’s executive on January 25th.