Cuts timeline

How cuts have impacted museum funding bodies
July 2015

DCMS and DCLG model cuts of 25% and 40% prior to the November spending review.

June 2015

In-year budget cuts of £30m for DCMS, passed on as 0.35% cuts to Arts Council England and national museums.

May 2015

Conservative government comes to power.

July 2014

Arts Council England cuts

Annual report reveals ACE has made a total of 152 compulsory redundancies in 2013-14, costing £3.9m in redundancy packages.

December 2013

Autumn statement


  • DCMS cut by £13m in 2014/15 and £12m in 2015/16.
  • DCMS passes the cuts onto ACE and national museums.
  • ACE announces it will pass on cuts of 1.17% in 2014/15 and 1.13% in 2015/16 to Major Partner Museums.

June 2013

Spending review


  • DCMS resource budget cut by 7%
  • ACE and nationals cut by 5%
  • Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland block grants cut by 2%
  • Local government cut by 10%

December 2012

Autumn Statement

  • £34m of cuts to DCMS passed on to ACE and national museums
  • ACE and nationals cut by 1% cut in 2013/14 and 2% cut in 2014/15
  • DCLG report shows LA funding for museums fell by 11%, nearly £23m, in 2011/12
  • ACE begins restructure, making 117.5 posts redundant

March 2012

Museums, Libraries Archives Council closes

  • ACE takes over MLA functions with reduced funding (MLA's 2010/11 budget was £62m, ACE receives £46m from 2012/13)
  • Portable Antiquities Scheme moves to British Museum with 15% budget cut

November 2010

Scotland and Wales cut culture budgets

  • Scottish nationals cut by 4%
  • Historic Scotland cut from £49.3m to £47.0 in 2011/12
  • Scottish local authorities cut by 2.6% in 2011/12
  • Funding for Welsh museums, libraries and archives cut from £46.1m in 2010/11 to £42.2m in 2013/14

September 2010

Comprehensive Spending Review

  • ACE cut by 29.6% from £387.728m in 2011 to £349.392m in 2014, and to reduce administration costs by 50%
  • Renaissance cut by 15%, over £1.5m over four years
  • National museums cut by 15%
  • Local authority budgets reduced by 7.1% each year for four years
  • DCMS core budget cut from £1.4bn to £1.1bn over four years and to reduce administration costs by 50%

June 2010

Emergency budget

  • DCMS core budget cut by 3%, £88m
  • ACE budget cut by 4%, £19m
  • National museums cut by 3%

May 2010

Conservative Liberal-Democrat coalition comes to power

June 2009

Grant-in-aid cuts

  • MLA management and operating costs to be cut by £250,000 in 2010-11, including Renaissance
  • DCMS cut by £20m, plus £1.25m cut from Find Your Talent budget
  • National museums to find 0.4% in savings and warned that capital allocations are under review
  • ACE to find 0.9% (£4m) in savings

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