Plans to change the way one of Cumbria's museums is managed are to be put before councillors.
It is proposed to create a charitable trust to run Carlisle's Tullie House Museum, with the city council retaining control of the building and collection.
The move aims to get more of the funding from previously untapped sources, and expand its ability to bring in money from commercial sources.
This would also reduce its dependence on public and voluntary funding.
The city council has commissioned a business plan, setting out how the relationship between Carlisle City Council and a new trust would work.
It has also examined costs and risks, and given an indication of what the trust would look like.
The council's executive will discuss the issue at a specially arranged meeting on 8 November.
Councillor Mike Mitchelson, leader of the council said: "Tullie House is the jewel in the crown of Carlisle and we want it to be the leading and most influential arts and cultural institution in Cumbria.
"It has the potential to be a leading visitor attraction in the north-west, attracting public funding and other investment into Carlisle."