IT seems that no-one wants the collection of antiques that is stashed in the basement of Solihull Library.
Solihull Council is not quite sure where the miscellaneous objects came from but they may have been collected as part of an ill-fated plan to open a local museum.
Now the local authority wants to make room for a new archive and plans to dispose of the collection – the objects are in a generally poor condition and fairly commonplace. Museums have been offered the items, but have refused them.
The only items to have found a new home were a single pitchfork and a stirrup pump. Proposals to approach the museums for a second time, before going to commercial antique and metal dealers were this week approved by Coun Diana Holl Allen, cabinet member for quality of life and neighbourhoods.
Cllr Holl Allen said: “I will support this recommendation, but with some sadness.
“The trouble seems to be that plenty of museums have items like this and don’t need any more.
“All over the West Midlands there are museums – some of the exhibits in Birmingham are really amazing. It seems a shame that Solihull doesn’t have a proper museum of its own.”