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Wandsworth Museum reopens after local donors pledge £2m

A south London museum that closed for three years has been officially reopened after philanthropists pledged £2m to save it.

Funding to Wandsworth Museum was cut by councillors in February 2007 following a shortfall in government cash.

But local residents Michael and Dorothy Hintze pledged £2m to refurbish and modernise the museum.

The museum contains a collection of 10,000 local historical and cultural artefacts.

London Mayor Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt attended its official reopening.

The tourist attraction, which is situated in the former West Hill library building in West Hill, will reopen on Friday.

The museum contains a learning centre, a cafe and a dedicated research area for access to the museum library and archives.

Mr Johnson said: "Not only is the new Wandsworth Museum a fabulous resource for the local community, it is a wonderful addition to London's cultural landscape."

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