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Leaks from the Yorkshire Museum’s roofs have seen water get into cabinets housing Roman objects, with its future in its current Grade I-listed home at risk according to its operators.

Plans from York Museums Trust lodged with City of York Council stated the museum could be forced to relocate out of the Museum Gardens building if the roof is not fixed.

The museum’s senior curator Dr Andrew Woods said unique objects could be damaged beyond repair if leaks continue and £500,000-a-year in revenue could be lost from the inability to invest.

The trust stated the roof of the building, which dates back to 1830, relied on complicated pipework arrangements which did not allow for overflow or diversions in heavy downpours.


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