Hitchin Town Hall: Museum Proposals

Below are links to the core documents relating to the Arts, Museums and Heritage Strategy and the feasibility study into the possibility of converting Hitchin Town Hall into a museum and community facility for North Herts.

Latest News

Museum Designs - August 2014 (6.86MB)
Arts, Museums & Heritage Forum Briefing - April 2014 (46KB)
Arts, Museums & Heritage Forum Briefing - September 2013 (28KB)
Arts, Museums & Heritage Forum Briefing - December 2012 (60 KB)
Arts, Museums & Heritage Forum Briefing - May 2012 (111 KB)
Arts, Museums & Heritage Forum Briefing - April 2012 (51 KB)
Arts, Museums & Heritage Forum Briefing - August 2011 (56 KB)
Arts, Museums & Heritage Forum Briefing - June 2011 (124 KB)
Arts, Museums & Heritage Forum: North Herts Museum & Community Facility - April 2011 (66 KB)

Planning Permission

Planning permission for the scheme, with Listed Building consent, was gained by the Hitchin Town Centre Initiative in March 2011. See planning application, plans and related documents.

Council Decision

At a Council meeting on 11 November 2010, members voted in favour of converting part of the Hitchin Town Hall into a new museum for North Hertfordshire while retaining the Town Hall’s use as an important community venue.

Arts, Museums & Heritage Forum: Hitchin Town Hall - November 2010 (57 KB)
Press Release: Hitchin Town Hall Council Decision (139 KB)

Listing Decision

The Council received written notice from English Heritage on 15 October 2010 confirming that the Town Hall has been listed at Grade II. A copy of the letter and the list entry can be viewed below.

English Heritage Listing decision - 14th October 2010 (7.65 MB)
Plan of Area Covered by Listing (472 KB)

The Strategy

Arts, Museum and Heritage Strategy (683 KB)
The strategy was approved by Cabinet at its meeting on 27 March 2007.

Committee Reports

Reports considered by NHDC's Cabinet / Council on the proposal

Date Meeting Title Downloads
19/05/2016 Council North Hertfordshire Museum and Hitchin Town Hall

Item 19 - North Hertfordshire Museum and Hitchin Town Hall Report (159 KB)

Appendix A - NH Museum and Community Facility: reported movements in projected expenditure and funding (389 KB)

Appendix B - Financial Risks Assessment (109 KB)

21/01/2016 Council North Hertfordshire Museum & Hitchin Town Hall: Acquisition of 14/15 Brand Street

Item 13 - North Hertfordshire Museum & Hitchin Town Hall: Acquisition of 14/15 Brand Street Report (227 KB)

Annex 1 - Plan of premises, identifying footprint of 14/15 Brand Street

Annex 2 - Chronology of project expenditure and funding (203 KB)

03/09/2015 Council North Hertfordshire Museum & Community Facility at Hitchin Town Hall

Item 12 - North Hertfordshire Museum and Community Facility (247 KB)

29/07/2015 Cabinet North Hertfordshire Museum & Community Facility at Hitchin Town Hall

Item 16 - Annexes 1 and 2 (188 KB)

Item 16 - NH Museum and Comm Facility (315 KB)

16/07/2015 Council North Hertfordshire Museum & Community Facility at Hitchin Town Hall

Item 14 - Appendix 1 (102 KB)

Item 14 - NH Museum and Comm Facility (295 KB)

Item 14A - Addendum - NH Museum and Comm Facility (236 KB)

21/05/2015 Council Annual report on Cases of Special Urgency Item 15 - Leader Special Urgency Report (132 KB)
10/03/2015 Council North Hertfordshire Museum & Community Facility at Hitchin Town Hall:  Project Update Item 3 - Report Museum (309 KB)
27/01/2015 Cabinet North Hertfordshire Museum & Community Facility at Hitchin Town Hall:  Project Update Item 12 - Amended report - NH Museum (169 KB)
18/12/2014 Overview & Scrutiny Development Agreement:  North Hertfordshire Museum &  Hitchin Town Hall Ltd

Item 5 - Report re HTH  - 18 12 14 (255 KB)

Item 5 - Annexe 1 Page 17 (131 KB)

Item 5.1 - Report 08.08.13 -NH Museum and Community Facility (254 KB)

Item 5.2 - Appendix 1 - Addendum 08.08.13 (117 KB)

Item 5.3 - Appendix 2 - b&w (201 KB)

Item 5.4 - Appendix 3 - colour (113 KB)

Item 5.5 - Appendix 4 - b&w (1.6 MB)

Item 5.6 - Appendix 5 - colour (1.3 MB)

Item 5.7 - Appendix 6 - colour (2.8 MB)

Item 5.8 - Appendix 7 - Report 23.04.14 (428 KB)

08/08/2013

Council

North Hertfordshire Museum & Community Facility

Report to Council - 08 August 2013 (98.7KB)
Addendum to Council Report - 08 August 2013 (18.4KB)
Annex 1.1 (122KB)
Annex 1.2 (332KB)
Annex 1.3 (1.54MB)
Annex 1.4 (1.23MB)
Annex 1.5 (2.73MB)

23/04/2013

 

North Hertfordshire Museum & Community Facility

Report to Council - 23 April 2013 (120 KB)
Addendum to Council Report - 23 April 2013 (19 KB)
Appendix 1 (85 KB)
Appendix 2 (775 KB)
Appendix 3 (1.19 MB)
Appendix 4 (975 KB)
Appendix 5 (1.2 MB)

15/10/2012

Council

  Report to Council - 15 October 2012 (130 KB)
Appendix 1 (165 KB)
Appendix 2 (324 KB)
Appendix 3 (198 KB)
Appendix 4 (192 KB)
Appendix 5 (99 KB)
Appendix 6 (81 KB)

10/05/2012

Council

North Hertfordshire Museum & Community Facility

Report to Council - 10 May 2012 (166 KB)
Appendix 1 (135 KB)
Appendix 2 (317 KB)
Appendix 3 (54 KB)
Appendix 4 (2.22 MB)
Appendix 5 (45 KB)
Appendix 6 (182 KB)
Appendix 7 (39 KB)
Appendix 8 (463 KB)
Appendix 9 (33 KB)
Appendix 10 (315 KB)

11/11/2010

Council

Hitchin Town Hall / Museum Proposals

Report to Council - 11th November 2010 (86 KB)
Annex 1 - Background & Resolutions of Council & Cabinet (42 KB)
Annex 2 - Listing Schedule (1.53 MB)
Annex 3 - Report to Council 11th February 2010 (112 KB)
Annex 3 - Annex B from Report to Council (4.65MB)
Annex 4 - Business Plan Evaluation of Both Schemes (197 KB)
Annex 4 - Hall Retained Cash Flow Summary (30 KB)
Annex 4 - Gym Retained Cash Flow Summary (19 KB)
Community Group: Business Plan Case (2.8 MB)
NHDC: Business Plan Case (3.3 MB)

28/09/2010

Cabinet

Hitchin Town Hall / Museum Proposals

Report to Cabinet - 28th September 2010 (59 KB)
Report to Cabinet: Annex 1 (43 KB)
Minutes - 28th September 2010 (92 KB)

11/02/2010

Council

Hitchin Town Hall / Museum: Community Group Proposal

Report to Council (112 KB)
Report to Council: Annex B - Museum Feasibility Study (4.65 MB)
Minutes - 11th February 2010 (61 KB)

03/12/2009

Council

Hitchin Town Hall Museum Feasibility Study Outcomes and Actions Arising

Council Report (132 KB)
Council Report: Annex 1 (5.9MB)
Council Report: Annex 2 (138 KB)
Council Report: Annex 3 (163 KB)
Minutes- 3rd December (101 KB)

20/10/2009

Cabinet

Hitchin Town Hall Museum Feasibility Study

Presentation to Cabinet 20 October 2009 (3.72 MB)
Feasibility Study, October 2009 (5.96 MB)
Minutes - 20th October 2009 (100 KB)

19/05/2009

Cabinet

Cragg Management Services report on the possible relocation of North Hertfordshire Museums to Hitchin Town Hall

Agenda and Report - 19th May 2009 (1.82 MB)
Minutes - 19th May 2009 (77 KB)

27/01/2009

Cabinet

Report on the Future of Museums Services

Report - 27th January 2009 (100 KB)
Minutes - 27th January 2009 (112 KB)

23/08/2005

Cabinet

Findings of the Review of North Herts Museum Service

Report - 23rd August 2005 (3.7 MB)
Minutes - 23rd August 2005 (43 KB)

Information panel showing how Hitchin Town Hall might look as a museum and community venue, November 2009 (1.59 MB)

Presentations

Date Presentations

21/12/2015

Projected Expenditure and Funding (52 KB)

05/05/2012

Art, Museum & Heritage Forum and Community Briefing (4 MB)

28/04/2010

Art, Museums & Heritage Forum (6.8 MB)

Q&As from AMH Forum (34.6 KB)

30/07/2009

Museum Facilities Working Group (1.70 MB)

09/06/2009

Hitchin Area Committee Museum Presentation (1.47 MB)

02/06/2009

Art, Museums and Heritage Forum (1.57 MB)

02/2009

Art, Museums and Heritage Strategy Review - February 2009 (2.80 MB)

Members Information Notes

MIS Note - 21st October 2010 (27 KB) MIS Note - 14th June 2010 (43 KB)
MIS Note - 18th October 2010 (30 KB) MIS Note - 27th May 2010 (42 KB)
MIS Note - 13th August 2010 (32 KB) MIS Note - 15th April 2010 (41 KB)
MIS Note - 29th June 2010 (43 KB) MIS Note - 19th November 2009 (27 KB)
MIS Note - 8th December 2010 (215 KB)  

Press Releases

Date Press Release

24/04/2013

A fitting entrance for North Herts Museum and community facility (138 KB)

13/01/2012

Heritage Lottery Fund Grant provides boost to North Herts Museum project (92 KB)

18/01/2011

New date for result of Community Builders Fund application (37 KB)