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Sheffield Museums anger over funding blow

Friday, January 27, 2012

Heeley MP Meg Munn has reacted with concern to news that Museums Sheffield is to have a budget cut of 30% after losing out on Arts Council funding.


The decision by the Arts Council not to award Museums Sheffield 1.4million per year over the next three years has been greeted with disappointment, dismay and anger by many people living across South Yorkshire.


Meg Munn said:


“The Arts Council’s decision not to award Museums Sheffield this funding is very disappointing. It would have supported their work over the next three years to expand exhibitions, increase visitor numbers and their important work with the local community.


Bishops’ House in my constituency is likely to be affected. It’s a good museum that is well loved by people of all ages and is one of the oldest buildings in Sheffield and as such is an important part of our city’s cultural heritage. I’ve supported them through different challenges over the years and will continue to do so.


I appreciate that the Arts Council are in a difficult position because of cuts to their budget, imposed on them by the government. But the Arts Council say that they want every child to have access to good museums and this decision goes against what they want to achieve. It will affect thousands of children from across South Yorkshire who currently have good access to museums and galleries in the city.   


The arts also make a valuable contribution to the local economy and tourism. At a time when people are working to grow the local economy this decision is a real blow. Museums Sheffield now has just a matter of weeks to produce a plan that takes into consideration a 30% decrease in funding for the new financial year.


As local MP I will be doing all I can to support Museums Sheffield and will raise constituents concerns with the government in Parliament.”


Museums Sheffield is the charitable Trust responsible for four of the city’s museums and galleries: Millennium Gallery, Weston Park Museum, Graves Gallery and Bishops’ House.


To find out more about Sheffield’s Museums visit: http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/ 

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