Cllr: Wycombe Museum should move to Marlow

The museum's current home on Priory Avenue

The museum's current home on Priory Avenue

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WYCOMBE’S museum should be located in Marlow to attract the maximum number of visitors, according to a High Wycombe-based councillor.

Cllr Roger Collomb spoke out about the centre after an agreement was made to keep the museum - which falls inside his own ward - at its original location on Priory Avenue.

And the Independent councillor insisted at this week’s Full Council meeting that only the popular tourist town could pull in the necessary crowds to the attraction.

He said: "There are four types of clientele for the museum - online it doesn’t matter where you are, and there are only three schools within walking distance so they will come in coaches anyway.

"There are locals, but they do not make up a large proportion of the clientele. But then there are tourists.

"I remember going into Marlow to survey the opinion of local people and it was difficult to find anyone who wasn’t visiting. Marlow is the perfect place to locate it."

He added that with the new sports centre at Handy Cross underway, Marlow’s swimming pool at Court Garden may eventually become obsolete and could be used to house a museum.

However, Cllr Collomb’s colleagues were not convinced, with WDC leader dismissing the idea due to the costs involved.

The Marlow councillor added: "It might be a good idea but those residents in Princes Risborough in the north might not agree with you.

"Marlow is not in the centre of the district, although I agree it is a very beautiful part of the district."

Plans to relocate the museum to a dedicated part of WDC’s offices on Queen Victoria Road were shelved after uncertainty over the long-term future of the council’s office complex.

WDC will also continue with the transfer of the museum to the trust, which will take over the day-to-day running of the district's history centre in 2015.

This would save the authority money and also enable the trust to apply for grant funding streams not available to a council-owned museum.

Cllr Tony Green spoke in favour of keeping the museum at its current location, adding the grounds were well used and the nearest thing Wycombe has to a city square park.

Marlow already has a museum, based at Court Garden in Higginson Park, which run entirely by volunteers.

Its current exhibition, ‘The Changing Face of Marlow', began this month.

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1:10pm Tue 29 Jul 14

geoffW says...

Maybe we should change it also that Wycombe comes under Marlow District Council instead of the other way round.
Maybe we should change it also that Wycombe comes under Marlow District Council instead of the other way round. geoffW
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3:12pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Daryl_Roberts says...

When he listed the 3 schools that were near by, I noticed that he didn't mention the C of E school. I think relocating Wycombe museum to Marlow is a bad idea as it would no longer feel like the Wycombe museum. This venue is supposed to be about the history of Wycombe itself, not Marlow!
When he listed the 3 schools that were near by, I noticed that he didn't mention the C of E school. I think relocating Wycombe museum to Marlow is a bad idea as it would no longer feel like the Wycombe museum. This venue is supposed to be about the history of Wycombe itself, not Marlow! Daryl_Roberts
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7:08pm Tue 29 Jul 14

lennon85 says...

This person is obviously not from wycombe! We have little left in wycombe, who does he think he is to try take our history!!
This person is obviously not from wycombe! We have little left in wycombe, who does he think he is to try take our history!! lennon85
  • Score: 3

8:43pm Tue 29 Jul 14

valleyviewboy says...

Find some land somewhere, build an attractive structure and create a living museum such as the excellent one in Basingstoke, Milestones. Went there a few months back and it's fantastic- Wycombe and the surrounding area has a lot of history that could come alive with full size replicas and exhibits, streets and houses, such as furniture factories, life in the woods as bodgers, Wycombe at the height of its political powers with Disraeli and Shelburne etc... if Hampshire can do it so can we!

THE MUSEUM of BUCKINGHAMSHIRE's LIVING HISTORY!
Find some land somewhere, build an attractive structure and create a living museum such as the excellent one in Basingstoke, Milestones. Went there a few months back and it's fantastic- Wycombe and the surrounding area has a lot of history that could come alive with full size replicas and exhibits, streets and houses, such as furniture factories, life in the woods as bodgers, Wycombe at the height of its political powers with Disraeli and Shelburne etc... if Hampshire can do it so can we! THE MUSEUM of BUCKINGHAMSHIRE's LIVING HISTORY! valleyviewboy
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4:44pm Wed 30 Jul 14

DonRockell says...

It just about sums up the thinking of this council

Move something that has nothing to do with Marlow to Marlow and shift control of everything Marlow needs to Wycombe

Mind you it cant get any fewer visitors than it get now but it will add a bit of mystery to the place when visitors ask where the sites displayed and commented on are and get told that they are in another town some miles away
It just about sums up the thinking of this council Move something that has nothing to do with Marlow to Marlow and shift control of everything Marlow needs to Wycombe Mind you it cant get any fewer visitors than it get now but it will add a bit of mystery to the place when visitors ask where the sites displayed and commented on are and get told that they are in another town some miles away DonRockell
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