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Meeting the new Museum boss

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Meg Munn MP recently met Kim Streets, the new Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield, to find out about plans following the Arts Council’s decision earlier this year not to award funding of 1.4 million per year over the next three years.

That decision, in January 2012, was greeted with disappointment, dismay and anger by many people in South Yorkshire and put many well-loved services at risk. An outpouring of public support saw donations, membership subscriptions and shop sales increase and Sheffield City Council step in to provide some extra funding. Despite these efforts the Museum Trust has had to make many staff redundant and reduce its services.

During the meeting Meg was advised about Museums Sheffield’s plans if they are successful in a further application to the Arts Council. She and Kim also discussed a new book showcasing the Museum’s collection of oil paintings, including work by Renoir and Turner.  This stunning hardback catalogue, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership, South Yorkshire: Sheffield, reveals over 2,400 paintings held in the city’s publicly-owned collections at Museums Sheffield, local universities, hospitals, courts, libraries and archives.

Meg commented:

“I am confident that the whole team at Museums Sheffield will do everything possible to continue delivering quality services for people who enjoy the museums. These are very challenging times for them and they are currently awaiting the outcome of a fresh application to the Arts Council.

If anyone would like to show their support by making a donation, no matter how large or small, becoming a member or visiting their shop in the Millennium Galleries, I’m sure they’d appreciate it. The shop is also available online and it’s a great place to find interesting gifts for friends and family!”

For more information visit: http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/

Associated Photograph :

Meg with Kim Streets holding ’Oil Paintings in Public Ownership, South Yorkshire: Sheffield’ on sale in the Museums shop.

Meg with Kim Streets holding ’Oil Paintings in Public Ownership, South Yorkshire: Sheffield’ on sale in the Museums shop.


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