Sunday, 22 October 2017

Museum in doubt

PLANS to open a George Orwell museum in Henley could be in jeopardy.

PLANS to open a George Orwell museum in Henley could be in jeopardy.

Peter Burness-Smith, of St Marks Road, Henley, wanted to turn the chapel at Fair Mile cemetery into a museum based around the author, who lived in Henley and Shiplake as a boy.

In 2011 he agreed a lease for the chapel with the town council with a peppercorn rent of £1.

But a meeting of the council’s town and community committee heard that George Orwell’s Henley, the company which held the lease, was dissolved in March 2014.

Mr Burness-Smith, who had to put the project on hold after having major heart surgery, told the committee he hoped to produce a progress report on the project soon.



Councillor Kellie Hinton said little had happened over a number of years and suggested that the idea should be forgotten about.

Councillor Ian Reissmann said he had met Mr Burness-Smith with the Mayor and added: “I think we should persevere with this and see what Mr Burness-Smith is able to come up with.”



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