Museums

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In The News:

BBC News: Fifth of museums hit by 25% funding cuts, finds survey. 20 July 2011

BBC News: Museum thefts: Are budget cuts to blame? 23 May 2012

BBC News: Liverpool museums could start charging due to funding cuts. 13 March 2012

Guardian: Merseyside museums at risk of major cuts. 27 March 2012

Guardian: Museums hear fate after 29 bid for share of £60m Renaissance money. 24 January 2012

Guardian: Museum funding cuts: a danger to democracy. 20 September 2010

Guardian: Museums struggle as budgets dry up. 22 July 2011

Known Details:

Museum Cut
Beamish Museum Charity. Contribution towards operating costs of the museum as part of a consortium of north east local authorities supporting the museum. Local authority funding cut: £7,120. Details: Received £52,000 in 2010/11; cut by £7,120 in 2011/12.
Bowes Museum Charity. Holds nationally and internationally important collections including paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, and silver objets d’art.Local authority funding cut: £74,260. Details: Received £500,000 in 2010/11; cut by £74,260 in 2011/12.
Dean Heritage Museum Charity. Preserves and displays the historic objects and sites of the Forest of Dean for the benefit of present and future generations. Local authority funding cut: £6,000. Details: Received £25,000 in 2010/11; cut by £6,000 in 2011/12.
Design Museum London The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will stop funding the Design Museum London from 2015.DCMS currently provides £200k annual funding for education programmes. The museum’s core activities are self-funding, which will protect it from the worst effects of the government funding cut.
Dorset museums and libraries Dorset County Council is proposing the following cuts to its cultural services budget in 2011/12:• reducing the number of staff supporting museums, arts and sports grants, and in the Dorset History Centre;
• reducing grants to museums;
• reducing the opening hours of the Dorset History Centre;
• on the basis that maintaining a branch network of 34 libraries is no longer affordable, there is a proposal to retain a core council-run service based on accessibility criteria while maintaining a good geographical spread. The council can explore the possibility of transferring up to half of the current libraries stock to communities to run, this proposal requires more detailed workIn addition, plans are already underway to ensure the adult learning and school libraries services will be at least cost-neutral, if not income generating.
Eden museum Eden District Council is cutting its annual funding for museum exhibits by £810 and for museum education programmes by £2,230. The council describes the cuts as minor. The main museum in the district is Penrith and Eden Museum, which covers local history and culture and has various funding sources.
Ely Museum Charity. Local history museum located in the Bishop’s Gaol in the centre of the historical city of Ely. The Museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely & the Fens. Funded under Tourism Grants. Local authority funding cut: £4,500. Details: Received £41,531 in 2010/11; cut by £4,500 in 2011/12.
Geffrye Museum The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will stop funding the Geffrye Museum in East London from 2015.Currently DCMS provides around 75 percent of the museum’s overall funding. The Department insists it will help the museum secure alternative sources of funding, and will not cut it adrift should this new funding not materialise.The Geffrye Museum’s collections comprise furniture, textiles, paintings and objects displayed in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.
Horniman Museum The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will stop funding the Horniman Museum in London from 2015.Currently DCMS provides around 85 percent of the museum’s overall funding – more than £4m a year. The Department insists it will help the museum secure alternative sources of funding, and will not cut it adrift should this funding not materialise.The Horniman holds a world-renowned collection of artefacts from natural history, anthropology and music.
Leicester museums Leicester City Council plans to make the following cutbacks to local museums and galleries:* four museums will be closed to the public from October 2011 – Belgrave Hall, Jewry Wall, The Guildhall, and Abbey Pumping Station. The sites will open only for scheduled events, such as school visits and steam days at the pumping station
* scrapping plans to replace the City Gallery and increase provision at New Walk Museum
* introduce admission charges for non-residents at New Walk Museum and Newarke Houses
* reduced grant to the Curve Theatre and Phoenix Square cinema and gallery
Museum of Science & Industry The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will stop funding the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester from 2015.Currently DCMS provides a portion of the museum’s overall funding. The Department insists it will help the museum secure alternative sources of funding, and will not cut it adrift should this new funding not materialise.The museum’s management hopes recent improvements will increase income from conferencing and dining.
Nantwich Museum Charity. Local history museum. Local authority funding cut: £2,758. Details: Received £27,580 in 2010/11; cut by £2,758 in 2011/12.
National Coal Mining Museum The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will stop funding the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield from 2015.Currently DCMS provides £2.8m of the museum’s £3.2m overall funding – meaning the museum will lose nearly 90 percent of its total budget.Wakefield Council has said it cannot make up the funding shortfall, but the museum’s management remains confident it can find alternate sources of funding.DCMS insists it will help the museum secure alternative funding, and will not cut it adrift should this funding not materialise.
People’s History Museum The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will stop funding the People’s History Museum in Manchester from 2015.Currently DCMS provides around 20 percent of the museum’s overall funding. The Department insists it will help the museum secure alternative funding, and will not cut it adrift should this funding not materialise.The People’s History Museum is the national centre for the collection, conservation, interpretation and study of material relating to the history of working people in Britain.
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