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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 13/03/2007
Scoping Report - Haslemere Museum

Waverley Borough Council

Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee
13TH March 2006


[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and purpose:

At a previous meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee, it was agreed that an in-depth review should be carried out to review working and long term funding arrangements of Haslemere Museum. The purpose of this report is to establish the parameters for the review and to propose that it be conducted along the lines of a parliamentary select committee investigation.

Environmental implications:

There are no environmental implications arising from this report.

Social / community implications:

The review will examine the social and community implications of museums in towns in Waverley.

E-Government implications:

Part of the review will be to consider any E-Government implications.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no direct resource and legal implications associated with this report other than the officer time involved in the review. The cost and any legal implications that emerge from the review will be included as part of the final report.


1. The decision of the Committee to review the workings and the longer term funding of Haslemere Museum reflects the importance that members place on the need for museums in the towns of Waverley. Members were concerned to understand the basis of the funding of the museum, of running the museum and reviewing whether improvements might be made to reflect the interests of Waverley residents.

Scope of the Review

2. It is proposed that the review of the Haslemere Museum should examine and focus on addressing the following key questions:

I. What is the History of Haslemere Museum?
II. What has Haslemere Museum got to offer to the community, now and in the future?
III. What is the level of service, both educationally and in total, and how does this compare to Museum of Farnham?
IV. What are the future plans for the Museum?
V. How can Haslemere Museum continue to maintain its sustainability?
VI. What long term funding opportunities exist?
VII. What is the condition of the building?

The Review Process

3. It is suggested that the review be conducted along the lines of a parliamentary select committee investigation. This sort of investigation would see a process and outline timetable as follows:

April/May 2007

June/July 2007
November 2007 Resources

4. The resources necessary to undertake this review will be provided from within existing budgets. Most of the support work will be undertaken by the two Overview & Scrutiny Officers within the time allocated to Overview & Scrutiny work and other officers of the authority will prepare their evidence to the Committee within existing workloads.


It is recommended that:

1. the Committee consider the scope of the in-depth review into Haslemere Museum, and;

2. the review be conducted in accordance with the process and outline timetable set out above.

Background Papers (MD)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.


Name: Peter Driscoll Telephone: 01483 523477

E-mail: pdriscoll@waverley.gov.uk