Bolton looks to sell off artefacts to plug deficit - Museums Association

Bolton looks to sell off artefacts to plug deficit

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council is considering selling off some of the artefacts in its museums and art gallery collections to …
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Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council is considering selling off some of the artefacts in its museums and art gallery collections to raise funds to help plug a budget deficit.

The culture department must find 7 per cent savings for the coming year and rationalising museums holdings has been suggested as part of the £950,000 savings. A figure of £300,000, which includes sales of artefacts, has been identified.

A spokesman for the council, said: 'The items potentially being considered are artefacts that have never been on display and are among the thousands that were collected by the museum in the days when storage, care, display and funding were not an issue.'
A council decision on its 2007/08 budget and whether to sell was expected on 21 February.

The spokesman said councillors would consider the impact selling might have on accreditation of the museum. 'We will not take any action that will jeopardise the museum's relationships with its partners and external funders.'

Visit www.museumsassociation.org to find out Bolton's decision.

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