A DEAL worth more than £100,000 has been struck to save Durban House.
The University of Nottingham has offered £105,000 to fund running the DH Lawrence visitors’ centre, based at Durban House in Eastwood.
The agreement between the two parties will safeguard the future of the centre for two years.
Council leader David Watts said they had been in talks about the partnership for a few weeks and described the announcement as fantastic news for the town.
He said: “We’re really excited about the deal and what it means for Durban House and the town.
“Over the past few years we’ve been really struggling with the finances of Durban House but this means that it’s no longer threatened with closure.
“As well as the money offered by the University of Nottingham they have an extensive archive of DH Lawrence’s original work which we hope we will be able to display in the museum.
“This is in some ways as valuable to us as the money because it will offer something new and attract more visitors to the centre, another thing we’ve struggled with before.”
The centre, which documents the life of Eastwood-born DH Lawrence, will be run by the council but used by the University for community work, lectures and events.
Representatives from both parties met at Durban House on Tuesday to discuss the details of the agreement.
Councillors will vote on the proposal on May 31.
Portfolio holder for housing, culture and leisure, councillor Milan Radulovic said: “This is excellent news for the borough of Broxtowe and particularly the community of Eastwood. A partnership with The University of Nottingham provides the ideal platform for the future of Durban House and will provide a superb opportunity for its development in the future.”
Professor Karen Cox, pro-vice-chancellor for access and community relations at the University of Nottingham, said: “We hope this will be the start of a long and fruitful partnership between the University and Broxtowe Borough Council.
“We are pleased to be able to support Durban House in this way and see numerous opportunities to share University resources and work with the local community in a mutually beneficial way.”
Durban House, which costs £150,000 a year to run, has survived the axe on a number of occasions and has been under threat for the past three years due to a lack of cash.
As part of the new deal it will now reopen on Saturdays, which the partnership hope will attract more visitors to the centre.