Bantock House faces the axe

Bantock House in Wolverhampton could close under the latest round of devastating cuts to hit the city council.

Bantock House faces the axe

The cash-strapped council must save £123 million over the next five years and as part of the planned savings the museum faces axe unless a cheaper way to run it is found.

Bantock House was originally built in the 1730's and has been opearting as a museum since 1948 - 66 years ago.

The house was once the home of former Wolverhampton Mayor Thomas Bantock, from whom the house recieved it's name. Thomas' son Baldwin, also Mayor of Wolverhampton, lived in the house and left the property to his wife Kitty when he died in 1938 - on the condition that she bequeathed it to the town. Kitty went on to live a further 16 years but decided to give away the house and park to Wolverhampton shortly after her husband's death.

During the war the home had a been a base for the local home guard, finally in peacetime the house was turned into a museum.

Leisure chief, Councillor Elias Mattu, said the council was determined to protect the museum in the face of ‘massive’ grant cuts from the Government. He said: “It’s too early to say what these changes could mean for Bantock House Museum.”

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