Doncaster leaders ask: “What should be done with Chequer Road museum building?”

Consultation has started on the future use of Doncaster’s Chequer Road museum building

By David Kessen
Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 4:53 pm

Doncaster Council, in partnership with the celebrity designer Wayne Hemingway, are looking at potential options for what they believe to be an iconic mid-20th Century building, ahead of the opening of the new Central Library and Museum is set to open in summer 2020.

The museum will become the new home of Doncaster Archives but officials want to know what else people would like to see in the building and its grounds.

An online survey has been launched, whichwill stay open until Friday October 18, 2019.

Coun Bill Mordue, council cabinet member for economic development, described the museum and art gallery as an important building in the Civic and Cultural Quarter. He added: “Once the new central library and museum opens next year, the Modernist style building can be re-used for other complementary purposes which will enhance this major regeneration programme and our exciting plans for Doncaster and the wider borough.”

Opened by Princess Margaret, it cost £290,000 when built in 1964 and was the first in the country to be totally funded by a local authority.

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