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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 30/07/2007
Briefing Note - Museum of Farnham



APPENDIX C
Briefing Note for Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Museum of Farnham Garden Classroom Call In Item


The Museum of Farnham is wholly owned and managed by Waverley Borough Council as a direct service. It employs 3.86 FTE members of staff. The budget associated with the operation of the Museum is attached at Annexe 1 to this briefing note. Members will see that from a net budget of approx 205,000 the direct operational costs equate to approx 140,000. Under the current operational arrangements it would not be possible to meet the required 25,000 from within existing budgets.

The Museum of Haslemere is an Independent Trust. The Museum received a grant of 3,070 from Waverley through the 2007/8 Sponsored Organisation Scheme towards its operating costs. The Museum meets the majority of its operational costs from income generated from reserves. This year the Council provided a one off grant of 28,194 to fund the appointment of a Fundraising/Development Officer over a 24-month period. The officer will review the Museums activities and establish a comprehensive fundraising programme to secure the Museum’s long-term financial future.

The Museum of Godalming is an Independent Trust. The Museum Trust leases the current Museum building from Waverley and in return receives a rent related grant of 2,380. The Museum also received a grant of 2,650 from Waverley through the 2007/8 Sponsored Organisation Scheme. The Museum Curator is employed and funded by Waverley. Apart from the Curator and a part time visitor services manager, which is funded, by the Trust and Godalming Town Council, the Museum is run wholly by volunteers. In total in 2007/8 the Museum will receive 50,000 of revenue support from Waverley to cover direct staff and building costs and additional grant aid.

Garden Classroom Project

If the Farnham Museum cannot demonstrate that it has secured the remaining shortfall of partnership funding when the Heritage Lottery Fund Board consider the grant in mid September they will not award a Stage 2 grant for the project. This will mean that the Council will have lost the opportunity to secure 389,000 of external funding towards the upgrade of Waverley’s assets and the loss of the additional benefits to the service gained by replacing the existing garden classroom, which is in a very poor condition.