MORE than 20 pieces of antique furniture will be disposed of by Cannon Hall Museum, it has been revealed.

The items - part of the stored furniture collection - are in storage at the moment but officials say they are inadequately stored and very cramped.

A spokesman said: "The result of this is that there are some quite large pieces of furniture which are poorly stored and which are unlikely to be displayed again.

"Large pieces of furniture like this would not be collected by the Museum Service today because they are not priorities in the council's Acquisitions and Disposals Policy.

"The collections have been assessed by museum staff and it was proposed that a small number of pieces of furniture, in the first instance, will be offered to other museums for display. This will allow for better care and access to the remaining items in the museum collection.

"If other museums do not wish to house these items, they will be taken to auction. Any money raised through sales will be earmarked for the benefit of the collections; specifically to improve storage conditions at Cannon Hall Museum."