Cirencester’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will receive a new lease of life in 2008 when it moves from the Market Place to the Corinium Museum in Park Street.
Plans for the move were approved by Cotswold District Council in December and, under the new proposals, the VIC will move into the Museum’s shop, offering a combined service.
The VIC currently operates from the Corn Hall, which was sold by the District Council to Wildmoor Properties in Summer 2007.
The move will see a range of benefits for both services, including new Sunday opening for visitor information to tie in with current Museum hours, lower running costs for VIC services, and multi-skilled staff, who will be able to cater for both museum and tourist enquiries.
Customers will be able to enter the shop at the front of the building for visitor information without having to pay to visit the Museum itself.
There will be no change to the service offered by the VIC, which includes travel information, information on local attractions, souvenirs and books .
Cllr David Fowles, Cotswold District Council Portfolio holder for Sport, Culture and Enterprise, said: “This move is really exciting and will offer CDC the opportunity of continuing to provide visitor information services in the recently-refurbished Corinium Museum. It will hopefully encourage more visitors to visit the Museum’s fantastic collections at the same time.
“The changes will offer a new perspective to an already efficient service, and it’s a very positive and encouraging move for the VIC to be making.
“Exciting developments are on the way in the streets around the Museum and the VIC’s new location will help to attract visitors to this changing part of Cirencester.
The move is expected to take place during the first six months of the year.