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The public show their support for Bishops’ House

Monday, March 1, 2010

Many Sheffield residents turned out Thursday evening to show their support for Bishops’ House, faced with possible reduction of opening times due to budget cuts. Local MP Meg Munn organised the public meeting in response to widespread concern about funding cuts being pursued by Museums Sheffield, who run Bishops’ House. 

 

The meeting was chaired by John Brown, member of Norton Lees Local History Group, with a panel including Meg Munn MP, Kim Streets representing Museums Sheffield with Dave Holt and Nick Robinson speaking on behalf of Friends of Bishops’ House.

 

Kim Streets explained that Museums Sheffield was working towards a reduction of around 5% in its annual grant across all of its museums. She acknowledged the value and importance of Bishops House, but expressed the need for a pragmatic way to find the saving.

 

Both Dave Holt and Nick Robinson expressed their personal experiences with Bishops’ House, and explained their concern that a lack of care in the past left local people feeling that Museums Sheffield had not made the most of this fantastic historical building.  

 

There were passionate pleas from the floor for more innovative ways to generate income rather than just examining ways of cutting spending. Groups and individuals alike expressed their strong desire to ensure this historic facility is open to the public for many years to come.

 

Meg said:

 

“Bishops House needs to be protected and supported. By having such a strong turn out at the meeting, there can be no doubt that local people consider Bishops’ House a real part of the community, and that it is close to many people’s hearts.  

 

It’s important that Museums Sheffield focus on income generation and promoting what they hold rather than simply looking to cut budgets.

 

We have had some fantastic ideas from the floor, with interesting and create ways to keep Bishops House alive. Working together we can help Bishops’ House achieve its true potential as a real asset to the city of Sheffield.”

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With Meg are Nick Robinson, Dave Holt, John Brown who Chaired the meeting and Kim Streets.

With Meg are Nick Robinson, Dave Holt, John Brown who Chaired the meeting and Kim Streets.


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