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DH Lawrence Heritage Centre faces closure


Joe Jones

Plans to close Eastwood’s DH Lawrence Heritage Centre to save cash have been revealed – a move branded “disastrous” by supporters of the building.

A report by Broxtowe Borough Council has recommended shutting the building – which houses, among other things, an exhibition on the town during the time the author lived there – to save money.

Malcolm Gray, chairman of the DH Lawrence Society, said it would be a “tragedy” if it closed.

He said: “If it closed and that link with Lawrence was severed it would be a great loss. It would affect tourism and the number of people coming into the town.

“As you drive into Eastwood, you have the signs directing you to the building. It’s an important part of the town. It would be disastrous.

“It’s a magnificent building and Lawrence talks about it as being a ‘fine’ building in his literature.

“It would be a tragedy if it was lost and a tragedy for the town if another link with Lawrence was gone.”

Born David Herbert Richards Lawrence in 1885, DH Lawrence is deemed one of Britain's best writers of the early 20th century.

His collection of seminal work includes Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, Women in Love, John Thomas and Lady Jane, and Lady Chatterley's Lover.

The centre is housed in Durban House, Mansfield Road. It was threatened with closure back in 2010 but was saved by a grant from the University of Nottingham.

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I felt very saddened when I heard this on the radio, I couldn't understand why locals wanted to invest money into a statue when this historic building could be saved. I think it's important to uphold the history and the value it brings to the local community, not forgetting to those who travel to visit.

Surely there is something that can be done?

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