The Museum of London will display components from Thomas Heatherwick's cauldron created for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

MoL strategic plan will mean redundancies

Patrick Steel, Issue 113/07, p13, 01.07.2013
Museum of London to restructure and cut its operating budget by £1m
The Museum of London (MoL) will make redundancies this year as it reduces its operating budget by £1m and reshapes the organisation to meet its five-year strategic plan, published in June.

Sharon Ament, MoL’s director, said: “We need to reduce our workforce and align our human resources with the strategic plan, and make sure that all our resources – people, buildings and information – are aligned and give best value.”

Ament said the restructure would be across the whole organisation, but details would not be finalised until the autumn.

The plan will also involve the museum divesting itself of Mortimer Wheeler House, which houses the museum’s stores and is home to the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) service and its 200 employees.

“We are assessing the store and issues around the collections in storage,” added Ament. “We want to bring the archaeology archive to the fore and are assessing whether that could be better deployed at London Wall or Docklands.

“We want people to be able to see the collections and for them to be accessible. We are analysing the best way to do that.

“We are working with the MOLA as to what it means for it. It’s not going to happen next year, closer to the end of the cycle [nearer 2018].”

Dawn Jackson, the MOLA’s chief of operations, said: “As a strategic partner of the MoL, the MOLA has been part of discussions regarding long-term plans to vacate Mortimer Wheeler House.

“The MOLA is a constantly growing and developing organisation. In the past 40 years, we have had more than 10 offices. Our property agreement with the MoL is not affected by this announcement.”

The MOLA’s agreement with the MoL ends in 2016, but Jackson ruled out a move to London Wall or the Museum of Docklands.

Ament is confident that the strategic plan, which also includes a new introductory gallery at the Museum of Docklands and work with the Greater London Authority to develop the “London curriculum” and establish the MoL as the first choice for teachers in the capital, will lead to a doubling in visitor numbers to 1.5 million a year by 2018.

To download MoL's full strategic plan, click here (pdf)