Museums hit by strike

Venues across the UK forced to close
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Museums and galleries all over the UK are closed today as part of a strike by public sector workers over pay and pensions.

Up to one million people are believed to be taking part in the industrial action, including members from PCS and Unison unions, which both represent museum staff.

“Across the UK our members have shown they have had enough of a four-year pay freeze/cap which has seen their pay effectively cut by 20% as prices have soared,” a PCS statement said.

Museums that are closed today because of the strike include:

  • Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales: all sites closed, except the National Roman Legion Museum.
  • Brighton Museums: Brighton Museum and the Royal Pavilion are closed. Hove Museum and Preston Manor open. Booth Museum is always closed on Thursday.
  • Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives: five venues closed (Georgian House Museum open as normal).
  • Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery.
  • Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston.
  • Locomotion – The National Railway Museum, Shildon.
  • National Gallery, London: a number of rooms are closed.
  • National Museums Liverpool, all venues closed.
  • National Museums Scotland: National Museum of Scotland and the National War Museum closed.
  • New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester.
  • Plymouth Museum, Devon.
  • Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums: all venues closed, except the Great North Museum.

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