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Council considers running Swansea Museum as a charitable trust

Jonathan Knott, 02.12.2015
Report recommends looking at third-party administration of cultural services
Proposals looking at transferring Swansea Museum to a charitable trust have been approved by cabinet members at Swansea Council.

A review examining how cultural services are commissioned recommended that the council should explore the possibility of using third parties to administer services, such as the museum. Its recommendations were approved at a cabinet meeting on 19 November.

But the review has not been made public because it contains financially sensitive information, said a council spokesman. He also told Museums Journal that it was possible that the operation of the museum could be transferred to a charitable trust, but that it was too early to say anything definite or what the implications for staffing would be.

A statement from Swansea Council said the proposals were part of the council's Sustainable Swansea: Fit for the Future delivery programme, which aims to tackle a major funding deficit.

Mark Child, cabinet member for wellbeing and healthy city, said: "We don't want to stop any services, so the next step is to start a conversation with other leisure and arts businesses and organisations to see if they can run our services for less than it costs us."

Child added that the council would be looking at the possibility of using community-run groups to help manage cultural services.