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Jobs axed at historic museum

PUBLISHED: 14:29 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:09 02 July 2010

THE COUNCIL has been forced to make redundancies as part of a project to restore and improve historic Valence House Museum. Three positions within the museum have gone, but the council says it is trying to find new jobs for those who have been made redund

THE COUNCIL has been forced to make redundancies as part of a project to restore and improve historic Valence House Museum.

Three positions within the museum have gone, but the council says it is trying to find new jobs for those who have been made redundant.

Each of the positions relate to visitor facilities which will no longer be needed until May 2010 when the facility is scheduled to reopen.

A spokesperson for Barking and Dagenham Council said: "The museum closed on 22 December for the start of a £7 million refurbishment as part of a council and Lottery Heritage Fund project.

"When the VHM reopens in May, 2010, the complex will boast a new wide range of facilities which will include greater access to the building, including lift access, a visitor centre to include the Local Studies Library/Archive reading room, café and education rooms, and new displays.

"Some visitor functions are no longer needed and the council is seeking to redeploy the three people concerned to other jobs within the council.

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