Museum of Oxford Hidden Histories Project
Decision Maker: City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
The decision will deliver the refurbishment and alteration of the redundant Oxford Museum space within the Town Hall. The project aims to create a new ‘cultural hub’ with active learning and community participation at its core. In addition to new gallery displays on the ground floor, there will be a Museum Makers Workshop and New Learning Space in the basement of the building (directly below the galleries).
The Head of Community Services had submitted a report to seek project approval for and permission to start the Museum of Oxford Hidden Histories Project, following the award of £1.63 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Councillor Dee Sinclair, Board Member for Culture and Communities, spoke to the report. She was pleased to be able to bring this report to the Board which was the next step in the visionary and ambitious plan for the future of the museum. She recorded her thanks for all those who had got the project to this point, noting in particular, the contributions of Cllrs Price and Simm and the officers involved. She was pleased to note the critical involvement of local residents in the development of aspects of the museum.
Cllr Price recorded thanks for the work of Vanessa Lea and David Juler and their contribution in preparing the successful HLF bid. He noted that HLF consideration of the bid passed without dissent; a reflection of the bid’s quality. He also remarked on the continuing importance of the local community in helping to determine what exhibits should be included.
Cllr Tidball remarked on the importance of the strong educational element in the museum, something which will be reflected in the emerging Children and Young People’s Strategy.
It was agreed that every effort should be made to ensure that work on this project was done by local companies and contractors, in addition to the reference in the report to Oxford Direct Services being the contractor for the main build.
The City Executive Board resolved to:
1. Grant Project Approval and permission to start the Museum of Oxford Hidden Histories Project, following award of £1.63m from the Heritage Lottery Fund;
2. Authorise capital expenditure of £2.65m capital and £362k revenue, to be financed by capital receipts, prudential borrowing and revenue (paragraph 22), over the life of the project;
3. Delegate authority to Head of Community Services, in consultation with the Heads of Finance and Law and Governance, to enter into any necessary funding agreements to secure the external funding for the scheme; and make any necessary in year budget adjustments;
4. Delegate authority to Head of Community Services, in consultation with the Heads of Finance and Law and Governance, to appoint and award any contracts that are necessary for the successful delivery of the project; and
5. Ask officers to return with a progress report in 12 months’ time.
Report author: Helen Vaughan-Evans
Publication date: 23/04/2018
Date of decision: 17/04/2018
Decided at meeting: 17/04/2018 - City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)
- MoOHH Project CEB Report DRAFT (6) PDF 128 KB View as DOCX (1) 176 KB
- Appendix 1- Drawings and Artist Impressions PDF 2 MB View as DOCX (2) 2 MB
- Appendix 2- Project Benefits PDF 71 KB View as DOCX (3) 19 KB
- Appendix 3 - Museum Costs and Funding Sources PDF 44 KB View as DOCX (4) 26 KB
- Appendix 4 - Museum of Oxford Risk Log PDF 56 KB View as DOCX (5) 22 KB
- Appendix 5- Equality Impact Assessment PDF 146 KB View as DOCX (6) 125 KB