Museum could be lit up by end of year

LANCASTER City Museum could be lit up at night by the end of the year as part of a £7.7m scheme to give open spaces in the city centre a facelift.

Work on the first phase of the Square Routes project is due to begin in October and will cost an estimated £300,000.

The idea of lighting up the facade of the museum - formerly the Old Town Hall – will be depend on Lancaster City Council, which is leading the project, granting planning and listed building consent.

It comes after city councillors last month asked for a more detailed report including costings on a proposal by the Mayor Coun Paul Woodruff and fellow Free Independent councillor Keith Sowden to light up the Ashton Memorial.

Alan Sandham, chairman of the Friends of the City Museum, said it welcomed the proposal. “It’s a small building in an intimate setting so this would certainly be an improvement,” he said.

See the Lancaster Guardian (04-08-11) for full story.