The Surrey Heath Museum is to disappear from its current site next to the council's headquarters.

The museum, which covers the area's history from the Stone Age has been based between the councils reception building Surrey Heath House and the library in Knoll Road, Camberley since 1986 - although this was always intended as a temporary site.

But at a meeting of the council executive this month members voted to eject it, following a public consultation that received more than 400 responses.

The council says that feedback from regular museum visitors and local historical societies had confirmed the view that the museum was not in the right location. Visitor numbers have been declining.

But although the museum will cease to operate from the council offices after Easter it is planned to keep a display in reception, as well as holding events at different locations around the borough and an extended exhibition in Camberley Town Centre throughout the summer.

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Business Cllr Craig Fennell said: “The history of this Borough remains of paramount importance but we must stay relevant to what future generations want from a heritage service, and continue to reach a wider community.

"These proposals will breathe new life into the service - the thousands of artefacts in the collection will tell the story of our past to current and future generations, enabling a wider audience to enjoy smaller, more frequent exhibitions in easy-to-access locations."

Asked by the Villager whether the museum will be found a new permanent home, a council spokeswoman said: "Locations for future exhibitions are being explored and considered."

She other aredas of the council's heritage services such as hosted walks, talks, ouitreach works and research would continue.

Surrey Heath Museum is a local museum telling the stories of the area's past - covering the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman times, Medieval Surrey Heath, Early Transportation, Highwayman, Coaching Inns, The Royal Military College, the Area's Agricultural and Horticultural past, the Development of Camberley and much more.

It opened in the 1930's and the original collections were donated by the first curator George Poulter; since that date they have grown and cover both the areas unique past and the modern history of Surrey Heath.