Ipswich and Colchester join up - Museums Association

Ipswich and Colchester join up

The museum services in Ipswich and Colchester are to merge from 1 April after both councils voted to support the …
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The museum services in Ipswich and Colchester are to merge from 1 April after both councils voted to support the decision.

The combined Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service will be responsible for about 85 staff and six museums. The councils have agreed to fund the new service at existing levels, plus inflation, for the coming financial year, although they will expect efficiency savings in the future. They are also hoping for a range of other benefits including a wider skills base, the ability to employ more specialist staff, increased clout with funders, improved marketing and the strength of the combined collections.

'In one sense what we are doing is an alternative to going down the trust status route,' said Peter Berridge, the museums and heritage manager at Colchester. 'It is a brave decision by the councils as they will be giving up some control.'

Most of the staff will retain their existing jobs in the combined service, although there will be a shake-up of the senior management team, which is currently being decided.
'It is unsettling for the staff, but there is also a high level of excitement,' Berridge said.
The proposal to merge the services was first announced last July (Museums Journal August 2006, p7).

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